How To Be Great – Matthew 18:1-20

Reflection from my reading in Matthew 18:1-20 in the One Year Bible New Testament.

Jesus’ view of greatness is different from the worlds. The disciples asked Jesus, “Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” Here is Jesus’ response!

Humble Like A Kid 

“And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them  and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:2–4

Jesus pulled a kid in to their conversation and used him or her as an object lesson. He said that even to enter God’s kingdom we must become humble like a child.

Humility is the gate to greatness.

A child is unashamed to be totally dependent upon their parents. In the same way, we should be comfortable depending completely on Jesus.

Children not only rely on their parents but they trust their parents’ advice. Children are often willing and eager learners. 

Grow up and act like a kid!

The problem with many of us grown-ups is that we think we know it all! The lesson we can learn from children is to admit that we don’t have it all together or have all the answers. God will not bless you if you are proud and don’t admit your need for him. If you want to be great, you must humbly come to Jesus!

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