1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
2 Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, 3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.
During the life-time of Jesus Christ, the disciples never really understood His teaching on true greatness. We have the ability to look back and to lift all of these teachings out and study them. We have Paul’s writings on the humility of Christ his call to put others above ourselves. But the disciples really wanted to be great. We know that Judas Iscariot sold the Savior when he realized that there was no greatness in his future. This is the context of the question we read today in Matthew 18:1.
How great was the child that Christ had brought to Him for this illustration? We don’t know the child’s name, we don’t know if the child was a boy or a girl, we don’t know how old the child was nor who the child belonged to. Furthermore, we don’t know what this child became, if anything. What was the point that the Lord was trying to make?
So often we see ourselves better than we really are. We think we are better at most things we do; if we don’t think ourselves better we surely don’t see ourselves much below average. The entrance into heaven is a humble gate. It is a gate that is going to be missed by all who are looking for status. How would you rate yourself today on the humble-pride scale? If 1 is really humble and 10 is really proud, I am going to assume that most of us see ourselves between 4-6 on the scale. Think about the child that Jesus used to illustrate his point. If the unknown and unnamed and uneducated child was at 1 on the scale and Jesus told us to aspire to be like that child, then we all have some work to do.
Ask the Lord of heaven and earth to show you who you are today. Perhaps in comparison to the Creator we will realize that even the unnamed child was above us. We have the chance, since we are still breathing, to humble ourselves today.
It is Friday. I am looking forward to Sunday. We will be looking at the “lifting up of Jesus” in the morning message. Jesus said that if we lift Him up, that all will be gathered unto Him. My greatest desire has been to lift up Christ so that you would be drawn to Him. Christ himself was lifted up for this very purpose. Come as we exalt the Savior in all that He did to draw all people to Himself.
The next Supreme Court justice is a key position for the unborn. I am against abortion. Abortion is the murder of the most innocent among us while they are in their most helpless state. Yesterday’s hearing was a debacle on our country’s selecting process. Pray with me for those who have the opportunity and the responsibility to care for the weakest among us, the unborn. Generations have now past where men and women in authority have scorned this issue, skirted this issue, and renamed their murderous actions. They will be held accountable by the Holy God of heaven who alone conceives the life in each womb. By playing God for the millions of unborn they are sinning against the true God, the true Giver and Taker of life. Make no mistake; all of this attack on Judge Kavanagh has to do with the liberals who want to have sex without the “complications” of pregnancy. The unborn need our prayers today.
Have a great day in the Lord,