Who Shall be Greatest?

The question, Who shall be greatest? was answered by the Master, in the most effectual manner, when he placed a little child in the midst of his disciples and said, "Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great." Was not his purpose to attract their attention to the mentality of the child, and thereby bring home to them a lesson that would prove valuable in their daily lives? Without a doubt this was Jesus' intention, since his entire life's mission was to teach mortals the importance of pure, spiritual, humble thinking, and thereby to overcome the conditions which bring about poverty, neglect, homelessness—ungodlikeness of every description.

In this particular instance the Master detected in his disciples the almost universal human desire for popularity and worldly power, and no better illustration of a remedy could have been given them than the innocent, fearless mentality of a little child. To receive a child in Christ's name, then, really means to adopt into our consciousness the uncontaminated childlike mental qualities, and to strive to bring them into our daily lives in thought, word, and deed, that we may thereby demonstrate more and more the supreme teachings of Jesus. How many heartaches and disappointments would be avoided if mortals heeded this important lesson!

One aspiration of a child is to be safe in its mother's keeping; for it knows that there, there is nothing to fear. When we learn to be content and happy in the assurance that we are safe under the protection of the love of our Father-Mother God, the clamor for worldly place and power will cease, whether our position on earth be considered popular or not.

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October 9, 1926

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