Sunday, February 3, 2019

The Pecking Order

A study was done that found chickens have a pecking order to determine their rank. If you put ten chickens in a pen they will quickly establish an order of dominance from greatest to the least. The most dominant chicken is #1 and pecks on the other nine. It struts around clucking, “I’m the greatest chicken around here!”

The #2 chicken submits to #1’s pecking, but pecks on chickens #3-10. And so on, down to the lowly #10 chicken—who gets picked on and pecked on by the other nine. If they only knew that all chickens are equal and will one day end up at Chick-fil-A or KFC. The pecking order of importance only exists in the chicken’s mind.

Humans also have a pecking order of significance, where some people push others around so they’ll feel more important than the next guy. Even the disciples got caught up in this and argued among themselves over who was the greatest (Luke 9:46). They were trying to establish a pecking order and I’m sure a few of them got their feathers ruffled.

Do you think they pointed fingers at each other saying, “YOU are the greatest.” Someone else says, “No, YOU are the greatest!” I don’t think so. They pointed fingers at themselves saying, “I AM the greatest.” “No, I’M the greatest.” They stopped thinking about how great Jesus was and started thinking about how great they were.

Jesus said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great mean exercise authority over them” (Matt. 20:25). But God’s Kingdom is just the opposite. We are not to be like the pagans who brag about themselves and belittle others. Jesus reversed the pecking order and said, “Whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wished to be first among you shall be your slave” (20:26-27).

That’s not a very popular verse nowadays. After all, who wants to be the #10 chicken?

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