The Greatest in Heaven

Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

Those born among women are different from those born among God.

This must be the guiding principle in all our thoughts about men. A man may be endowed by God with incredible privileges, he may be wise, intelligent, well thought of, respected; he may have an incredible amount of heavenly wisdom, of diligence, of zeal. Yet Christ shows us that those whom we are prone to esteem highly, even if we are justified in doing so, still are nothing to be compared with one who is least in his kingdom.

Those who will be first in line in heaven will surely be children, the poor, the widows, the orphans, the simple. They were those who had no other resource but to depend on God and God alone. The could not look to their wit, to their skill, their wisdom, their righteousness, nor anything else to provide for them, for they had none. They had not the skill to earn financial stability and so earn mens’ respect. They could not win men over with their careful articulations and pontifications.

God will look upon such as those whom saw and truly knew they “had no one in heaven beside Thee.” They will know that they had nothing that might commend them to God. And God will look at them as those who had nothing in themselves to commend to him.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” The strong, the wealthy, the popular, the intelligent, the wise, the respected have their portion in this world – the poor and needy have none. Yet these are those who God most abundantly lavishes his grace upon.

My heart laments how much I seek to commend myself, because I have some skill, some intelligence, some strength with which I can do so. Yet God looks on me and says, “my son, you are so very very weak.”

His power is magnified in weakness. God will demonstrate the folly of the world with a barrio. He will show the greatness of his power through a wasteland, so that no man will boast in his presence. His most precious possession is the poor, through whom he shows the exceeding greatness of his power.

O, that my heart would learn this. O, that I would see that the LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. O, that I may see that to be broken and crushed is to be beyond human repair. It is only those who have been ground to dust, back into the earth from whence they came, that the Lord can do his most mighty work.

O’ that I may find my company among the poor, the widows, the children and the orphans, among the brokenhearted, among the needy, for here I will find the Lord most near.


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