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Who’s the Most Important?

by Neal Pollard

The late Raymond Kelcy, when asked who is the greatest preacher in the brotherhood, is said to have replied that he was likely a man laboring in obscurity somewhere out of the “lime light” of things. Perhaps, too, our greatest preacher or teacher could be doing that work thousands of miles from the United States in Zambia, Tamil Nadu, Java, or Greece. Perhaps the Lord’s greatest living servant is not a he, but a she. She may be unknown to most of us, a poor or old Christian lady caring for orphans, supporting a missionary or preacher student, or quietly winning her neighbors. The Bible’s greatest giver quietly dropped two copper coins in temple coffers, and we would not know a thing about her if not for Christ.

Isn’t that the problem with the question in the above caption: “Who’s the most important?” It’s the wrong question to ask. That didn’t stop the disciples from seeking the answer to it (Luke 9:46; 22:24). Jesus would reply that greatness and importance comes through humble service. When we look at our weak, sin-prone lives, we should be prevented from any self-aggrandizements or vainglories. When we realize the enormous price Jesus paid to allow us entrance into His salvation and His body, our perspective ought to be clarified. When we understand the enormity of the task He’s given us to accomplish, we cease having the time to worry about “who’s the greatest.” We don’t worry about who gets the credit or the praise. We become more inclined to ask, “What can I do to help?” Asking that question leads one down the path of greatest value to God!

"...upon this rock I will build My church..." Matt.16:18

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