One day when the disciples were hanging out with Jesus, they asked Him, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" Sometimes I wonder how Jesus' friends could ask who was the greatest in heaven, when He was right there with them? But people are like that. They struggle and strive for the most important positions and they want to be recognized as people who are special.
Jesus took a little child and said, "I tell you the truth, unless you change [from wanting to be important] and become like children [He meant innocent and trusting], you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 18:1-5 emphasis mine).
Jesus also said, "Do not look down on these little ones, for I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven" (Matthew 18:10). Wow! That means that God loves children so much He has angels watching over them.
Think About It
Does this Scripture mean that we should become childish? No, child-like is not childish. God wants us to trust Him the way children trusts their parents. He came to provide for our forgiveness on the cross. As forgiven people, we put away our sin nature and put on innocence. When I experienced God's love the first time--when I knew He suffered and died on the cross for me, I knew He forgave me. Since then, I have not wanted to do anything that God doesn't want me to do. I've wanted to trust and obey Him more and more each day.
Pray About It
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for taking away our sin. Teach us how to live for you. Help us to make good decisions. Amen.