“Man, who made Me a judge or arbitrator over you?”
- Jesus, to a man in the crowd (Luke 12:14)
As Jesus taught the crowds about the kingdom of God, a man called out and asked Jesus to command his brother to divide his family’s inheritance with him.
The man surely thought himself correct regarding the family dispute, and knowing that Jesus held authority in the mind of his brother, he figured he would use Jesus to get his own way. The man wanted to end the estranged relationship he held with his brother by calling for Jesus to issue the final decree of division - proclaiming his point of view and thus winning the battle over the family’s money.
I fear that too often we act just like this man. We take minor and petty disagreements with our brothers and sisters in Christ and begin to see them as major differences.
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