Happy Tuesday! Hope you are all having a great week so far! James and I are doing some exploring today around the Dallas area…there are so many neat things to do around here. I don’t think we will ever run out of new things to try=)
“And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like the little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
I’ve heard this passage before, but the footnotes associated with it caused me to think of it in a different light. It never ceases to amaze me how God can use a well known scripture—one you’ve read countless times—and cast it in a new light, giving you new insight and revelation. Amazing.
So, the disciples were arguing about who was the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. They wanted to figure out what the secret was to becoming the greatest…and then wanted to become greatest. But, Jesus gave them a startling answer. He said in order to be the greatest, they had to first become like a little child. Children have amazing faith. They are humble, generous, and willing to believe without proof or sight. It’s important for us to humble ourselves before the Lord, and receive Christ with childlike faith. When the disciples were arguing about who was the greatest, they were not acting ‘childlike’, but were instead behaving ‘childish’. There is a difference. ‘Childish’ behavior involves being self centered and proud, while ‘childlike’ behavior comes from having a pure and humble heart.
Are you acting ‘childish’ or ‘childlike’? I’d like to say I am childlike, but I am quite certain I often exhibit childish behavior. If this is you as well, as God to humble and purify you heart so you can behave in a childlike fashion.
Have a great Tuesday! God Bless:)