15 They were also bringing their babies to him, that he might touch them. But when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16 Jesus summoned them, saying, “Allow the little children to come to me, and don’t hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17 Most certainly, I tell you, whoever doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a little child, he will in no way enter into it.” (WEB)
God's Kingdom doesn't belong to the rich, the powerful, the wise or the strong. God's Kingdom belongs to little kids. Think about this foundational truth for a moment. The way our Heavenly Father measures greatness is completely different than we do. While we are wowed with power, eloquence and influence, Almighty God is wowed with weakness, dependence and simplicity of heart.
Hmm. Kind of makes you wonder huh? If what God values is in opposition to what the world system (and often the church system) honors and esteems, perhaps it is time to see the Kingdom through the eyes of a little child again? In today's reading, Jesus tells His disciples that the ONLY way to receive the Kingdom is through a childlike heart.
Often when we read this passage of Scripture, we make the assumption that becoming like little kids is the process that we go through when we are re-born into the Kingdom of God. If that is the case, then after we are born again, we think it is our job to grow up quickly and become strong, powerful and somewhat independent.
But the thing is, Jesus doesn't say that here or in any other of the passages where He speaks about His Father's high value for little kids. The indication is that the greatest in the Kingdom is the smallest (Matthew 18:1-4) without any mention of having to 'grow up'.
So my prayer today is that we would all ask God for wisdom in how we can apply this very important Kingdom principle in our own lives. As my friend, Jack Winter used to say... 'The smaller we can become, the bigger He will become in our lives'.
25 At that time, Jesus answered, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you hid these things from the wise and understanding, and revealed them to infants. 26 Yes, Father, for so it was well-pleasing in your sight. (WEB)
1 In that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” 2 Jesus called a little child to himself, and set him in their midst, 3 and said, “Most certainly I tell you, unless you turn, and become as little children, you will in no way enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. 4 Whoever therefore humbles himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. (WEB)