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Matthew 18:1-6

About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?”

Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.

“And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me. But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea.” v. 1-6

The first step in becoming the greatest in Heaven is to turn from our sin.  That means we acknowledge that we have sinned and then turn (run) the opposite way of that sin. But Jesus takes it a step further.

Why would Jesus say that the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven are those who are like children?  I can see the confused faces now, can’t you?  This shocked the disciples because it’s not exactly what they expected to hear.  They thought they would hear Jesus say things like, if you do this and that and . . . then you will become the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.  You name it, they wanted to be able to evaluate themselves and puff themselves up and aim for that position.  But when Jesus says to be like a child, He cut away any outward approval that would have caught them up in pride and achievement.  Jesus is so smart!!!

So what can we learn from Children?  I have seen several times how kids have impacted adults and inspired change.  Maybe it’s the age of innocence, but we can learn a lot from watching and connecting the characteristic we see in a child, to the things God desires from us.

Here are some quick thoughts that I have about learning from children:

  • They don’t have the extra baggage (pains, fears, doubts, experiences) that keep them from fully trusting God and others.
  • They are dependent.
  • They don’t have to have all the details before they can believe.
  • They are obedient (most of the time).
  • They are always learning.
  • They know how to have fun.

We can learn a lot from looking at children.  What are some other characteristics that we can glean from children and apply to our faith?

Today, will you have childlike faith, or will you continue to try to figure things out on your own?

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