The DEEP

Among Those Born of Women, None Is Greater Than John

Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.

Luke 7:24-28 (ESV)

When John's messengers had gone, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who are dressed in splendid clothing and live in luxury are in kings' courts. What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is he of whom it is written,

“‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.’

I tell you, among those born of women none is greater than John. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”

Jesus makes a point here that’s so extraordinary most people miss it. First He says that among those born of women none is greater than John. This means John is greater than Abraham, Moses, Elijah and every other prophet – ever.

Then Jesus says that the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he. That means that the most humble worker in the church is greater than John, greater than Moses, greater than them all.

Does it feel like that? When you’re working in the nursery, or making coffee, or whatever you do in the church, do you feel greater than Moses? You should. Your connection to God is more permanent and more secure than his was.

The arrival of the kingdom of God changed everything.


Consider the many “worker bees” in your church. Do they realize how important they are? Do they know that they are greater than he?

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. – 1 Corinthians 12:21-26 (ESV)

Come alongside one of your church workers and give them some help and encouragement. A word of thanks would lift their day.

And check to see if the Lord wants you in their shoes for a bit.


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Mike Slay

As a mathematician, inventor, and ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church in America, Mike Slay brings an analytical, conversational, and even whimsical approach to the daily study of God's Word.