Mark 9: 33-37, “And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way? 34 But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest. 35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all. 36 And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them, 37 Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.”
Was Jesus saying that in order to be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, they needed to take care of the children in his name? He was saying that if you take care of those in need, then you receive me and if you receive me then you receive the Father? Works without faith is dead. Servanthood is required. Action and not just hearing the word of God is necessary.
It looks like Jesus had to have a talk with his disciples and set their minds straight. Could you imagine Jesus asking you anything, and not responding? Their conscious must have been bothering them so they kept quiet. Can you imagine what was running through their heads when Jesus called them to him and started talking about being a servant? They must have felt that their hopes of being the greatest were dashed and it was going to be harder than they thought. They must have looked at that blessed child whom Jesus took into his arms with perplexity. Or maybe they felt guilty about their talk on road and looked lovingly at the child. Jesus set the child in their mist as an example to them in saying that the last will be first and the first will be last. They weren’t thinking of the child on the road to Capernaum, but of themselves. What a total turn around!