Become Like Little Children

Matthew 18: 1-7 NIV

1At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!

Children of the New Testament times were not thought of or treated the same as children in 21st Century America. Children were also different from adults at that time in history.

Children were totally DEPENDENT.

  • They had no legal rights or privileges.
  • They could not provide for themselves.
  • They were in a humbled position, required to be obedient and subject to adults.

In this incident in Matthew 18, the child Jesus referred to trusted Jesus and put herself in His care.

I think Jesus meant that unless we can, like children, surrender our own “rights,” humble ourselves and become dependent on Him we can’t reach a point of fully trusting Him with our lives and our eternity.

What do YOU think? Please leave a comment with your thoughts. Thanks much.

2 Comments on “Become Like Little Children

  1. It’s interesting that there are child heroes in the Bible, like King Joash, the slave who told Naaman’s wife about the prophet, and of course the boy who shared his loaves and fishes. Also, I have read that the commandment for fathers to love their children was radical in New Testament times.

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