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A Quest for Greatness

December 19, 2010 by  
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At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” (Matthew 18:1 New KJV)

It was an outward stretch, an upward push, a steady climb to the top. Which of us is the greatest? That was the question among the disciples, as they elbowed each others’ ribs and vied for heavenly position. Steadily, they jockeyed for authority and clawed their way toward greater recognition.

If the question was ‘What’, the answer would have been ‘Competition’. It was that which was greatest among them. But the question was ‘Who’, and it had to be answered and the truth revealed.

“Let’s go ask Jesus”, they reasoned.

This was most likely the best idea they had entertained in a while, but I doubt they had anticipated the Master’s response. And I can assume they did not like His answer. I make this supposition because you and I are no different than those disciples. But the answer Jesus offered was unwavering, and His words remain with us today.

The big answer came with the help of a tiny visual aid, in human form.

Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” (vv 2 & 3)

Can you imagine? Nothing is said of our physical stature or political position. No acknowledgement is given to our seminary degree or college diplomas. No lineage is traced. No respect is offered to our ancestry. There is no admiration extended to our efforts for perfection or recognition of our accomplishments. And no inventory is taken of our material accumulation or financial gain.

In the search for those who are greatest in the Kingdom of heaven, look at ground level. Sit an innocent, loving child upon your knee. And ask God to place within you a heart like theirs.

“Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (v 4)

Jeff Ferris has had a desire to write since coming to the Lord Jesus, at age twelve. He has practiced this craft as a hobby throughout most of his life. Due to his love for music, for many years, he focused primarily on songwriting. His lyrics and consulting efforts have been utilized and recorded by Christian rock band Sola Fida.

After a downturn in the automotive industry which impacted his career as a tool and die maker, Jeff enrolled in college, at the age of forty, and kindled a desire to become an effective published writer.

Since that time, he has been published in MITA Tech Journal, Full Spirit Magazine, Christian Heartbeat and in newspapers in Texas and Ohio. He has also written on a fulltime basis for Sgt. 1st Class (ret.) Dana Bowman. (

Aside from short articles, devotionals and song lyrics, Jeff’s desire is to tell the stories of others by ghostwriting their autobiographies or compiling their stories in shorter versions as an inspiring anthology.

Married to his lovely wife, Ginny, since June 1982, he is also assisting her with her endeavors to write children’s books. Aside from continuing his career in automotive, Jeff is a FaithWriters 500 member, sound tech and closet musician. Owners and operators of Anointed Sound DJ Service, he and his wife are mobile DJ’s. But, most fulfilling are their rolls as parents and grandparents.

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