Becoming Like a Little Child!!!
At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.
“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes! “If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire.
And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire. “Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven. For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost…… Matthew 18:1-11
In our previous study, we read of Jesus giving up His right as a Son of God and paid the Temple tax of the House of His Father because He did not want to cause offense to others. We also saw how He provided for the money for the Tax in a Miraculous way and Paid for for Himself and for Peter. Teaching us that it is God’s will that we should pay our taxes and God is willing to Help us pay it. Here we read of series of instructions concerning little children and How to become Great in the Kingdom of Heaven.
At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” This seems to be an issue with the Disciples of Jesus Many times. And it is also an issue for many Christian leaders. They are always asking, “Who is greater, You or Me?” A lot of people who say they have come to serve the Lowly Jesus who washed People’s feet are only looking for a Way to become Senior over others. There is a great Lust of seniority in our flesh. Even James and John brought their Mother to Jesus because they wanted a seat at the Right and left hand of Jesus when He comes back in His Glory(Matt 20:20-21). They were seeking for Greatness in Heaven!!! Although it sounds like a good thing to say, “I don’t want to be great on Earth, but I want to be great in Heaven”, even this is Wrong!!! Wherever we seek Honour, whether it is Heaven or Earth, it is wrong!!! Even when we get to Heaven, our attitude should be, “We are Unworthy Servant Lord. We have only done what was our duty to do(Luke 17:10). We deserve to get nothing even in Heaven. Let us therefore cleanse our mind from thinking of greatness in Heaven. Those who think they would be great in Heaven have not discovered how unworthy they are to stand before the Lord.
Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.: Jesus gave them the shock of their Life!!! He called the unlikely person on earth, a little Child and says, “Forget about being the Greatest in Heaven, if you want to even ENTER the Kingdom of Heaven, You have to be converted into a Little Child!!!” Jesus spoke three things about the Kingdom of Heaven. He told Nicodemus, “Unless You are Born again, You shall not SEE, the Kingdom of God(John 3:3).And Here He talks about, ENTERING and becoming GREAT, in the Kingdom of Heaven. So Here, Jesus was not talking about being Great, He started with Entering the Kingdom. To enter this Kingdom, You must change Your entire way of thinking, your whole whole mind, thought process, value system must change completely until you become like Little Children. Little Children are not seeking for Honour in this world, they are not thinking to become Great people in the Church. Have you seen a Child wanting to be an Elder or leader in a Church before? Not at all. He does not want to be a Leader anywhere. This is the Spirit that is going to take us into God’s Kingdom. It is a Life of surrendering all to God in dependence upon Him.
Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.: Then after entering into the Kingdom, if you want to the greatest in the Kingdom, You have to keep Humbling Yourself like a Little Child. Just like a Child Lives in helpless dependence on the Parent, we must also live in Helpless dependence upon God. It is not the believers whom we think are great here on Earth that would become the Greatest in Heaven. It is the one who is Humble, the one who is willing to take the lowly place, who does not want any name or fame. A child is not trying to get his name in the newspaper, He is not bothered whether they take His photographs or not. A child is not ashamed to say, “I need my mummy for everything” we also must depend on God saying, “I need God for everything” This is Humility!!! Humility is not bowing our heads down and speaking softly, that is a counterfeit!!! Humility is that helpless dependence on God for everything. Meditate a little more on a little Child, think of the kind of thoughts that goes on in a Little Child mind. He is not thinking, “What a great and handsome guy I am!!” or “what do people think and admire about Me?”. There is not a single thought like that in the mind of a 6 month old child. If You pinch Him today, He does not even remember the next day. What a wonderful thing to be like a Little Child in total Humility, no grudges, no complaining, no record of evil that you done to Him yesterday. This is true Humility!!!
We know Jesus is of course the Greatest in Heaven, but He got that position not because He was the Son of God. He got it through Humility. He made Himself of No reputation, He took the form of a Servant, He was obedient to the point of death even the death of the cross. Therefore God also highly exalted Him and gave Him a name which is above every name(Philippians 2:5-9). There is no partiality with God. What He did for Jesus, He will do for us if we walk as Jesus walked!!!
Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.: In Matthew 10:40, Jesus says to His Apostles, ” “He who receives you receives Me” So since there are not Many True Apostles in the World, You can receive a Little Child then. Children are more abundant than Apostles. So if you want to receive Jesus, receive a child in Jesus name. When you have a baby born into your home, receive that child in Jesus name. No matter the Sex of the Child. Whether a Male or a Female. That Child is God’s gift to You. God is the one who determines the Sex of that Child. God created Male and female in His image. It is 100% Evil to reject or despise a child because of his or her Sex!!! It is a Mark of an unbeliever and godless tradition and culture to say, “Oh No!!! Not another Girl!! I want a Boy”. It is a sad thing to see people who call themselves Christians having this evil attitude. Receive the Child in Jesus name!!! Don’t judge your Child because He is not as intelligent in school like other people’s children. Everybody cannot come first in Class. Accept That Child in Jesus name. Accept Him with whatever measure of intelligence the Lord has given to Him. Do you reject a Child because of a Physical deformity? Receive such a Child in Jesus name!!! Receive and care for little Children the same way You would have cared for Jesus if He was there with You. This is a fundamental aspect of our Christian Life. It must never be said of us that we rejected Christ because we fail to receive a Little Child based on whatever ground.
Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.: Then Jesus gave a very serious warning about Causing Little Children to Sin. I believe Deep down in a Little Child Life there is an awareness of a God in Heaven and if you because of Your Foolishness cause one of these Children to Sin, Jesus says, “It is better to get a very heavy stone tied around Your neck and then jump into a Sea!!” It is so Serious when We make little children Sin. When Fathers and mothers fight in the House, what are they doing? They are making their little children in the House to stumble. They are showing their Children that Christianity does not deliver You from fighting, getting angry and using abusive words. They are painting a wrong picture of Christianity to their children that, “Christianity just teaches us to sing song on Sunday”. When Elder Sisters dress in an immodest way at home or to church, they are causing the Little Children to Sin. When you expose parts of Your body that shouldn’t be exposed, when you wear tight fitted clothes that provokes men to Lust, You are causing the Little Child around You to Sin and making them think that is the Way to live and enjoy Life. You are making it difficult for Godly Parents and Churches to protect their girls from those stylish things. You as a Sister are setting a bad example!!! When Fathers Buy wrestling movies!!! Can You imagine Watching Wresting with Your Little Children? Aren’t You setting a bad example? What will they gain by watching that? When You Buy a Movie containing Sexual Scene and you sit and watch that with your Little Children, aren’t you causing them to Sin? When You gossip, Lie, speak evil, swear and much more in the midst of Little Children, aren’t You teaching them to do the same? If You are Like That, Jesus says, “Go and tie a Millstone around Your neck and drown Yourself into the Sea!!! For it is better than to cause Little Children to stumble and Sin”. Beware!!! See how serious Jesus took it. He who has ear, let Him Hear!!!
Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes: As Long as this world exist, there will always be stumbling Blocks, there will always be people who cause others to Sin. No matter how much we preach, no matter what they hear, there will still be people who will dress, speak, Play dirty songs, and do all sorts of things to make others Sin. Jesus says, “Woe to them”. There is a curse on such people. Just make sure You don’t increase that numbers by Your actions and conducts. Never be a Stumbling block that cause others to Sin. Particularly Little Children. It is a Serious thing. Check Your House, Do you have any magazine, calendar, TV programs, Dressing Habits, etc that causes people to Sin? Get ride of it!!!
If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire.: So what are we to do if we find ourselves making ourselves and those around us to Sin? Are we Just to continue Like that? Not at all. Jesus says, “Cut it off!!!” Cut off anything that causes You or others to Sin even if it is as important to you as Your Hand or foot!!! Cut it off even if You needed that thing Like Your eyes. If there is anything in Your House, Maybe Your Television or Magazines. That causes others to stumble and Sin and hinders them from following the Lord, get rid of it!!! Cast it out!!! You can be cast into Hell if what You do or say causes others to Sin. How Glorious would our life have been if only we took this warnings serious exactly as Jesus have spoken it.
Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven. For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost: And Yet another warning!!! As if they have not heard it enough. Don’t despise or reject and little Child no matter the Sex, Colour, intelligence or Deformity. Do you know that every of this Child has an Angel appointed for them. This is the Angel that protects our children from many serious accident. And this Angel also stands before God in Heaven, so when you cause a little Child to Sin or You despise them, they report You to the Father. These little Children are Lost, they have not come to the Stage of Making Decision on whether to Choose Christ or not. Don’t corrupt their Minds and make it more difficult for them to respond to Christ when they come to age of choosing. May the Lord Help us never to be a stumbling Blocks to anyone.(Amen).
Dear Friend, The Key To SEE, ENTER and Become GREAT in the Kingdom of is Humility. It is to realize our Helplessness and total dependence on God for EVERYTHING. It is to Have the Spirit of a Little Child. And to continue in that Spirit till We are called to be with the Lord. But take heed Never to reject or despise any child. Receive them in Jesus name!!! Never cause any Child or anyone to stumble into Sin. Don’t become an instrument in the hands of the Devil. It is better to lose those things that You think You cannot do without than to go to Hell. May the Lord give us Grace to take heed to these in Jesus name(Amen). God bless you. Have a blessed day.
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