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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About David Worcester

I am the founder and director of a campus ministry at San Diego State called Challenge. I am also serving as an ordained elder at Mission Trails Church. I love speaking and writing about college ministry, gospel appointments, and practical ways to live out God’s Word! I am also passionate about: leadership training, learning, missions, church planting, surfing, hiking, sports, photography and traveling (So far I’ve visited 23 countries & all 50 states). I’m married to Jessica Worcester who I fell in love with while doing college ministry together and we have a two year old son named Samuel. I graduated from from the University of Oklahoma (OU) with a degree in Film & Video Studies. And I received my Masters in Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary. I am an ordained minister who loves speaking and writing about practical ways to live out God’s Word in life and ministry.

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