Unless you change and become like little children, you won’t enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  Matthew 18:3-4

     In God’s kingdom, the answer to going up is to go down.   The answer to greatness is becoming like a child.  What is the word that characterizes childlikeness?  Humility.  Humble yourself like a child.  What’s humble about being a child?


Children are not in charge, and they know it.  Now some children are born trying to take charge.  Or their parents make them think they are in charge.  But basically, kids just go with the flow.  Where are we going to go today?  What are we going to do?

     They don’t worry about tomorrow.  They have no concept of dread. (My two-year-old grandson doesn’t worry about the mortgage or the light bill.  He lives with the assurance that he is being taken care of.)


     Also, children don’t worry about making mistakes and blowing their careers or feeling like a failure. When my two-year-old granddaughter had her birthday party, she didn’t wonder how many were coming or if there would be enough food. You can’t be a child and be in charge. If you are trying to be in control or in charge, you are not being childlike. 

     But if you think it means ending up with nothing, just ask yourself who gets the most gifts at  Christmastime?  Children! 

     When Jesus said to humble yourself as a child, did He know what that meant?  Yes, He humbled Himself by becoming one of us.  “He did not consider equality with God something to be grasped.”

     He answered the question, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven?  The one who humbles himself most.  And who humbled Himself most?  The One who came from the throne of Heaven to the cross on earth.  And don’t forget about His birth.  Jesus had firsthand knowledge about becoming a child.

       If it feels scary to give up your power, remember that to tap into God’s power, you have to give up your own.  Christ did not grasp at equality with God.  Born in a cave, bedded in a feeding trough, the Lord of Lords became a child.  God wants us to choose that same kind of humble vulnerability.

      In the book Empowered, Esther Burroughs said that she broke her arm and shoulder and had to depend on her husband to help her with everything.  At the end of one day she was struggling to get ready for bed.  Her husband was kneeling down and untying her tennis shoes.  She blurted out:  “I can do this by myself.”

     He looked up at her and gently said, “But you don’t have to.”

     You can muddle along in life by yourself, but you don’t have to.  God offers His love and care. As you humbly receive in your spirit each day the love and care that God offers, you can be like a child and enjoy life!  Act like you are being taken care of, because you are!  Act like the child you are!

*Is there an area of your life right now where you are resisting humility? Will you choose to be childlike?

Father God, I understand that to be childlike is not the same as being childish. I can choose to be humble and vulnerable and let You take charge of my life. But I resist this feeling of being out of control. Help me to understand I am putting it into Your loving hands. I thank You, Father. Amen.

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