At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
I am grateful for all of the little kiddos I have in my life. I love them, of course, but spiritually God teaches me through them. Today’s passage is a MAJOR lesson and it’s a great reminder! If I don’t become like a child, I will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Yikes!
Adults are so serious… and cynical… we’re self-sufficient and generally do a poor job receiving help from anyone – even God! Adults are often proud and have to work at experiencing joy. I observe most every day that children do not have these problems. It is easy for kids to have fun! They would laugh and scream with glee all day long if I would let them. I tell them to ‘settle down’ and ‘not be so loud.’ I’m teaching them how to be a good adult. Oh, oh.
When they become adults, as their dad and pastor, I’ll try to teach them how to be child-like so that they can enter the Kingdom of Heaven. What’s wrong with this picture?
The truth is, I’d like to have the kind of spontaneous joy that comes so easily to these children. My problem is that I’m an adult, and life is serious and hard and busy… with so many responsibilities. Jesus said that I need to humble myself and become like a child in order to enter His Kingdom. Wow! So this is not child’s play! Or is it?
Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Lord, I humble myself before You. Make me like these children! They are full of faith and trust. Their lives are filled with laughter and joy… All of this sounds just like Your Kingdom. Help me take my pursuit of You seriously, but myself not so seriously. Give me the perspective of eternity and how You, actually, have everything under control just fine. I can trust You… and I do. Thank You for Your Word which powerfully speaks into my life! You are amazing and I live for You this day.