Matthew 18:3-4 ” 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.’ “

The disciples were feeling pretty full of themselves when they asked Jesus this cringe-worthy question at the beginning of this Chapter…”Who’s the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” The Twelve were no doubt jockeying for status and recognition among the rest and wanted Jesus to publicly name His favorites. This is when Jesus sat a young child on His lap and began to school them in the true meaning of having a servant’s attitude. To the disciples, children were a irritating distraction from their work…while Jesus welcomed children to Him wherever He traveled. So with the little one as His visual aid, Jesus compared a child’s dependence upon others and how they humbly accepted what they could not provide for themselves, but also their plucky boldness to ask for things, to the self-serving attitude the disciples were exhibiting. He reminded them that if anyone would be first, he must humbly be last, and servant of all. (Mark 9:35) And so it goes for us today, our Spiritual life must be one of a child…not uncertain of God, but purely trusting Him for all our needs…and of having a child-like relationship and a life full of spontaneous, joyful expectancy.

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