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Childish Thoughts

Weekly Devotionals

Childish Thoughts

Scripture: Matthew 18:1-5

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”

In Korea, today is Children’s Day! Yay! Everyone gets the day off and the focus is on kids. Toys are everywhere and everyone is trying to be kid friendly. The holiday is to recognize that children are an important part of our life and it is worth it to invest in their future.

But back when Jesus was teaching this point about how we were to become like children to his disciples, this sort of holiday was non-existent and trying to entertain your children was probably not anyone’s priority. The place of children on the social hierarchy was dead last, the very bottom. They were not in positions of authority, they had no rights, and could not do much on their own.

Jesus asks us to be like this. He asks us to take the lowly position intentionally because he sees that too often we look to get ahead, be the best, become recognized, achieve status, become an authority. It happens at work, at school, with our peers, and of course at church. The disciples are evidence of this. We want to see who the holiest is or the most faithful or well-studied. They and we are constantly thinking in terms of better or worse and higher or lower. We measure with standards that aren’t real.

However, Jesus asks us to be like him and put ourselves beneath everyone. This is the way we can begin to see the craziness of the world’s standards. This is the place we can begin to love properly by serving. This is the place that is the greatest. From the lowly place of humility we can have the perspective of children who may have nothing to their name but know it doesn’t matter because they have a Father who loves them and gave them everything that is His.

Blessings to you this week!