October 22: Matthew 18
1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them 3 and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, 6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven."
Matthew 18:1-6 & 10
Who is the Greatest?
What an interesting question! Who is the greatest? The thinking of the disciples is no different than in our culture today. For what do we strive? We want to be the greatest, the most intelligent, the fastest, the most wealthy, the most powerful, and so the list goes on and on.
Jesus said, "Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."
Do you think the disciples were surprised by Christ's answer? Are you surprised by Christ's answer? Does God desire the greatest, the most intelligent, the fastest, the most wealthy, or the most powerful to be a part of his team? No, God only desires the most humble, trusting servant!
Like a child who trusts implicitly in his parent's or care giver's care, so we must trust in Christ. Does a child worry about his next meal, his housing, the state of his clothing, or any other such thing that seems to relentlessly occupy our minds? When children come to Christ, they come to Him with all of their heart and soul, never doubting that He is able to watch over them. That is the secret!
As Christians, we are all children of God. We come to Him with our faults completely exposed; nothing is hidden from God. Think about that the next time you are surrounded by believers, and remember the charge we are given in Matthew 18:10.
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven."
Yes, Christ is speaking here of the children, but God's care of his own sheep does not end when they reach adulthood. Pray that God would give you that humble heart of trust in Him, and would help you to be an encouragement to other believers, no matter how intelligent, wealthy, or powerful they are, or are not.
Who is the Greatest? Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
God Bless You,
All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.