It seems like every group of friends has one - the one guy that always has to have the bigger story. For my circle of friends, it was Bruce. If you got a good deal on an item and shared it with your friends, Bruce would always say, “Well I could have got that for half of what you paid.” Once, Calvin had gone on a fishing trip up to Canada with his family. He told us what a great trip he had and how beautiful it was. Of course, Bruce was quick to say, “Well I went out deep sea fishing not too long ago and caught a 500 pound Marlin!” Now the group knew Bruce had never been outside the metro KC area, but it didn’t matter. Bruce was Bruce.
What Bruce lacked was self-confidence. So he tried to make up for it by telling stories that were either not true or way out of proportion. Our passage this Sunday is about how the disciples were jockeying for “first place”, in other words, who was the greatest. When I read this passage, I think of Bruce. Perhaps the disciples lacked self-confidence, so they tried to make it up by being the best. Jesus saw through this and used a lesson to illustrate the point. It’s not about being the best; it’s about having the strongest faith you can have – regardless of what everyone else is doing. Have faith and try to be servant of all. Let the other person be the best; it’s not about winning, it’s about living out God’s word.
This blog consists of reflections written by the minister each week for the Sunday bulletin. We hope that you enjoy the musings!