In a race, the winner usually receives the majority of applause and recognition. Those who place second or third are often acknowledged as well. But rarely are spectators concerned with who comes in last. The kingdom of God, on the other hand, does not follow the same logic. God's standard is different from man's.
Recorded in the Gospel of Matthew is the profound statement made by Jesus, "He that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than [John the Baptist]." In his book, Who’s the Least? The Kingdom Principle, author Norm Eberly grapples with the question, "Who is the least in the kingdom of heaven?" As he searches the Bible for answers, he overturns numerous stones, and uncovers some very interesting (and often surprising) conclusions. This thought-provoking book is a must-read for anyone who wishes to excel in the kingdom of God.