March 20, 2012

Matthew 18:1-5

1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
 2 Then he called a little child over to sit among the disciples, 3 and said, “I assure you that if you don’t turn your lives around and become like this little child, you will definitely not enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Those who humble themselves like this little child will be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. (CEB)

 What a question to ask. Not to say that some of us haven't wanted to ask questions just like this one. Before Jesus even utters a word, He makes a powerful statement by calling a child over to sit with them. The disciples had become obsessed with the idea of an earthly kingdom and needed to be refocused, what better way to do that than by looking at a child.

This is a story about the greatness of humility and how we must make that a legitimate part of our lives and attitudes. What does it look like for you to "become like a little child?" 

What do you find meaningful, confusing, or challenging in this passage?