Matthew 18: 1-4
Do you remember when you were a child? No cares in the world. My dad always supplied a place for me to lay my head at night, He always had food there when I was hungry. He could beat up all my other friend’s dads (in my own mind anyway ). I trusted him.. without reservation. I loved him. I had confidence in him. I was obedient to him, (most of the time) because I loved him and respected him. But as I became older, pride and arrogance grew up with me. The older I got, it seems the more rebellious I got. (That’s our sin nature) Then, I knew more than my dad.
I was no longer humble before my dad.
When I read this text, I wonder… is that how we become with our heavenly Father? Jesus said unless you “turn” and become like children… Have I forgotten that trust, that respect, that childlike love, that total dependence… on a Father who gave it all for me? Is my pride in check? Do I trust Him with total abandonment? Am I humble before Him? Am I obedient because I love Him? I would love to hug my earthly dad again, but I can’t. What I can do, until I see him again, is to love and trust my Heavenly Father like a little child. Humble like a child.
Father, I need your help again on this one today. Help me, through your spirit to live my life with the humility of a little child. Thank you for all your promises of love and care for me… Can I urge you to be like a little child in your faith, as you walk this road of life?
Verse 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”