At one time, the
disciples went to Jesus and asked, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of
heaven?" He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said "I tell you the truth,
unless you change and became like little children, you will never enter the
kingdom of heaven." The point in emphasis is outward humility and
respectability. The Lord wanted
them to break away from the social conventional standard. Jesus told his
disciples that those who want to enter the heavenly kingdom must change and
become like little children.
Does one change
from an adult to a little child?
Physically it is impossible.
Just like Nicodemus asked the Lord, how can a man reenter his mother's
womb when he is old? Jesus
answered, “Unless a man is born of water and the spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” Therefore, be like little children means
to be born again in the spiritual sense.
The old is gone, and everything becomes new. But the old is like a magnet, sometimes
we are so reluctant to give away.
Often we do not know what to do judging by the value of the world
especially when we do not know the value of our Lord Jesus. Can we speak like Paul saying that
knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things especially
when we stand in front of people who are against our beliefs? Fame, profit and nobility parade in
front of us tempting us to surrender to them, can our attitude be like that of
little children who do not understand or care for the vain glories nor envy the
undependable riches of this world.
further explained "become like little children' means that we have to
humble ourselves. Humility is
related to entering the heavenly kingdom because by being humble a person
sees his insufficiency and inability to rely on himself to be justified before
God (Gal 3:11). We need to
ask for the assistance from God and his Holy Spirit, so that when we perform
good deeds, we will not be self-righteous like the Pharisee. We must serve others regardless of their
position or status. We must learn
to offer greater hospitality and love.
To welcome a child is to welcome our Lord. The Lord judges
by our heart not by our appearance.
True humility implies that we empty ourselves of pride and prejudice and
serve others with a gladness of the heart not posing for vain admiration or
praise from people but asking for God's blessing in all we do and seeking after