Mark 9:37 ‘Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’
In Jesus’ Palestine children were marginalized in that they had no power and certainly no authority. While the disciples are arguing about who is the greatest, Jesus is pretty much walking the green mile. He knows he is about to be put to death, essentially leaving the disciples behind to fend for themselves in this physical life. It is important for the disciples to understand that any power or authority they hope to receive will be tied to their relationships with the marginalized. Physically all of the disciples were that child at one time and now as disciples of Christ they must become that child again. Jesus became that child for us and now we must become that child for one another and for others and at all times be ready to serve because while on this earth, the power is in the service.
Mark 9:35 ‘Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.’
Proverbs 31:8-9 Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.