Become as Little Children

Matthew 18:2-4. “And Jesus called a little child unto Him, and set him in the midst of them. And said, Verily, I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whoseoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

“Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. . . .”  This old Sunday school song is in my mind as I look at this picture. Indeed, Jesus did love the children. In this passage, he used the illustration of a little child to teach the disciples to stop bickering among themselves about personal precedence; to humble themselves, as children; to understand that anyone who begins life again, as a little child, by being born again, will be greatest in the coming kingdom.  How it must have saddened His heart to know that, as He faced torture and death in Jerusalem, all His disciples could think about was which of them would have the chair closest to Him in the kingdom!

In John 3, Jesus had a conversation with Nicodemus in which He taught about the new birth.  We all must come to Christ in simple faith, humbling ourselves under the mighty hand of God, to be born again into new life with Him. We must give up all our ideas about what good people we are, and understand that we are sinners at heart.  We must realize that heaven is not earned; rather, it is a gift paid for by the suffering, blood, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  There will be no one in heaven who can boast of being there by his own merit.

It’s a lesson we need to review a lot more often than we do.  We worry way to much about what our importance is, both here and in heaven. Our importance is nothing compared to that of Jesus.

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