At that time, the disciples came to Jesus, saying "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" 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." Matthew 18:1-3

The New Testament books of Mark and Luke tell us that the disciples just finished arguing about which one of them was the greatest. The transparency between these two men is incredible. Think about it, when is the last time you argued with another believer over who was more important in the kingdom? Have you even dared to bring this up? We're far "more clever" than this. Yet I myself think about these even though I would never say it out loud. For example, it's easy for me to privately think I am a better Christian than someone else because I'm not like him or to assume my motives are purer than the next guy.

Jesus' instruction is simple: "Turn," he says -- "turn your back on this way of thinking and become like children." This is not to infer that we should become like children in the sense of youthful immaturity or juvenile attitudes, but rather that we become dependent like a child on our Father for everything. All a child apart from his father becomes selfish and reckless. He needs direction and discipline and grace upon grace just to survive from one day to the next. This is our position before our heavenly Father. Recklessly dependent on Him.

DO THIS TODAY: Recognize your Father's greatness as His son.


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