1 The disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?”Matthew 18:1-14
2 He called a child over, placed it in their midst,
3 and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children,
you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.
4 Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.
5 And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.
Today’s Bible Quote of the Day Reflections
Jesus tells us that if we want to enter the Kingdom of Heaven we must turn and become like little children. So lets ask ourselves, Who are little children?
1. Little children are those innocent people who are ready to be taught. They will sit patiently besides you and attentively listen to what you have to say. Jesus wants us to behave likewise towards Him and His teachings.
2. Little children do not have preconceived opinions about something. They have no prejudice or bias towards a subject. They see something for what it is as opposed to how, in their opinion, it should be like. Therefore, Jesus tells us to accept Him, His teachings and His Kingdom as He teaches.
3. When you compare us grown-ups and little children, you will notice that grown-ups’ hearts, minds, bodies and souls have been tainted by the hustles and bustles of this evil world. Grown-ups tend to think bad things about others as opposed to children who always have good thoughts about others, unless told otherwise by us grown-ups. They are very innocent and to them, love for others comes first and this is manifested well when you see them playing together regardless of their race, tribe, religion, social status etc. This changes when prejudice is forced into them by us grown-ups.
4. The humility of little children is always very overwhelming. They serve everybody regardless of their race, tribe, religion, social status etc. They do not discriminate against anybody. They are just adorable.
Lets therefore change our behaviour and become childlike so that we can be regarded as the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Let us embrace humility, peace and love for one another and we will become like little children both in heart and soul.
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, we would like to become childlike so that we can enter Your Kingdom. Purify our hearts, thoughts and actions to become like those of little children and thus become the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Amen.