❝He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.’❞ Matthew 18:2-5
Reflection by Penny Peters
In Chapter 18 of Matthew, the great principals proper to the new order of things are made known to the disciples. Let us search a little into these sweet and precious instructions of the Lord. The disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Our Lord set a little child before them, solemnly assuring them that unless they were converted and made like little children, they could not enter his kingdom.
We are not to be childish, but rather childlike, with humble and sincere hearts. Hearts that have the faith of a child. Children are trusting by nature. They trust adults and through that trust their capacity to trust God grows. Children who are very young do not desire authority, do not regard outward distinctions, are free from malice, are teachable, and are willingly dependent on their parents. These marks of childhood render them proper emblems for the lowly minds of true Christians.
In a word, the spirit of the kingdom is not outward power, but lowliness; in this condition there is nearness to the Father, making it easy to be meek and humble in this world. Surely we need to be daily renewed in the spirit of our minds, not to walk in the spirit of man, but instead to become simple and humble, as little children and willing to be the least of all.