Last time we spoke about Beautiful People at school and the fact that God looks at our heart, not our bodies to judge us. Have you ever stopped to think about who will be the “Beautiful People” in heaven? Who will be the best? The most popular? The favourites?
And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.” Mark 9:35
Jesus said the first will be last and the last first. Does that mean Adam will be the least and the last person born the first? Will the disciples be more important than Moses and Abraham? If you’re not mentioned in the Bible will you be seen as less than those who were? If you were tortured or persecuted for Christ are you better than those who weren’t? What if you were poor or rich, where do you fit in?
Here on earth we compete in as many ways as possible. Physically, socially, mentally, financially, educationally, geographically – whatever we can find to compare me to you that might make me feel slightly better than you. We women are the worst! We compete down to the last freckle and hair.
Jesus said the first would be last and the last first in the Kingdom of Heaven, not because that is literally how it is, but to let us know that in His Kingdom the “competition” is different. It’s not a question of which person is better than the other. It is a question of your relationship with God (“love the Lord your God with all your heart”) and your relationships with people (“and love your neighbour as you love yourself”) Matthew 22:38-39. It’s about you and God. Not about whether you or I is “better”.
If we do have to line up in heaven from best to worst (which I doubt) then where ever God puts us in that line, we will be happy with our place because HE put us there.
So go today and don’t compare yourself with others – God doesn’t!
Do you agree? Why or why not? Add your thoughts in the comments below.
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