"But they held their peace: for by the way they disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest. 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." Mark 9: 34, 35
IN JESUS TODAY!
Can you remember as a child calling out things such as, "I was first!" or, "I get the front seat!" when going on a trip? So let me ask, how many times were you last getting out of the car, first in, but last out? Often this is really how things work, for example, the first person into a building is often the last person out, and not the greatest among the group, but instead, they are having to catch up to the rest, or, the first person to drink from the fountain often returns for more, because their thirst returns to them quickly, and they are the last one to be satisfied. Herein, we find a dispute among a few of the disciples, where two were asking to be the greatest, or first in line to Jesus. I remember times such as these, where as a child, we often argued stating things like, "I am better than you!" or "They like me better!" This competition is not entirely a bad thing, yet it is not correct. The correct way to be, is to prefer others before ourselves, as it is written, "Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another." Romans 12:10 You might know about these arguments, and how they are really just trying to get all of the attention, but actually, if we consider this teaching, who then is first? Could it be the one that is last? This subject was important enough for Jesus to call a meeting about this, he wanted every one to rethink this idea that they need to be better, or first, before others. Jesus discouraged this behavior, and instructed all that being first, is to be last, and to become first, it must be that a person is a servant to all, not that all else should serve them, because they are first.
Take it from Jesus, "And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood." Revelation 1:5 and, "I am Alpha, and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty." Revelation 1:8 Jesus is the firstborn and the greatest ever! Let us prefer Jesus and others before ourselves!