November 30, 2014
Becoming A Child of God
It tells us in Mark’s gospel that the disciples were arguing among themselves about who among them was the most important, and Matthew records that they asked Jesus: “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” In their pride motivated ambition they wanted to know what determines rank in the kingdom of God. Jesus sets a child in front of them as an object lesson in humility.
Matthew 18:1-6 – “At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”