"Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest." Mark 9.33-34
|woman pilgrim at Capernaum in the Holy Land|
But what I find interesting is that Jesus doesn't condemn them for their conversation. I would have thrown down a little hellfire and brimstone myself; but thank goodness I'm just in sales and not in management. No, Jesus sees this as a great opportunity to talk about greatness. He doesn't seem phased by the idea at all. In fact, he gives them a clear and direct answer. "Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Mark 9.35.
Probably not what the disciples were expecting. For Jesus being great has nothing to do with status, but with actions on behalf of the neighbor. And truth be known we could all probably benefit from a little attempt at being great.
A prayer: "Dear Jesus, I ask this day that you might give me the strength to be great without the ego of status. Amen."