“Then his disciples began arguing about which of them was the greatest.” – Luke 9:46 NLT
What is most remarkable about the disciple’s dispute is not what they were arguing about, but when.
A young man was possessed by a demon that none of the disciples could cast out. Of course, Jesus made short work of it. He returned the boy to his father, and continued on His way. That was the exact moment when the disciples began their discussion about which of them was the best.
To determine which was the best, they had to compare themselves to each other. Peter vs. James. James vs. John. Isn’t it interesting that in all their comparing, none of them compared themselves to Jesus.
It is so easy to get caught up in the comparison trap. The problem is, whoever you compare yourself to is who you focus on, and whoever you focus on is who you will become. So the question is, are you comparing yourself to whom you want to become, or the one that you feel threatened by?
When we focus upon Jesus, we set our eyes upon the one to whom there is no comparison. When we do so, He calls us not to lift, but to lessen ourselves: “Whoever is the least among you is the greatest (Luke 9:48 NLT).”