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 did not get it. Rather than seeking to occupy the top spot they needed to change and humble themselves like a child.
What can we learn from those at a tender age? There may be some characteristics of young children which we adults would do well to emulate.
A small child is completely dependent upon his parents to meet his needs, and feels no embarrassment about it. How truly dependent are we upon our Provider?
A young child is free of self-consciousness about how he looks or his standing with others. How often are we concerned about appearances and social position?
A child lives simply and without pretense. How complicated do we make our lives trying to project success in every endeavor?
A child believes in faith. We want explanations and solid evidence for everything.
A child is free of prejudice. How well do we relate to people with different world views, cultural backgrounds, or political ideologies?
A child can be satisfied with very little. How much do we need to be fulfilled? A child receives love and kindness without hesitation. How often do we look for ulterior motives or suspect a hidden agenda when someone does something kind for us?
A child is willing to follow a trusted adult. How well do we follow our God who is ultimately trustworthy?
Questions for reflection and discussion: Please reflect on one or more of the questions posed above. In what ways do you need to change and become like a little child? What does Jesus’ instruction tell us about the Kingdom of Heaven?
Church Bible Reading Plan: Exodus 26; John 5