“About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.”
Matthew 18:1-4 NLT
Depravity (moral corruption) is the result of Adams sin. All of us wrestle with our fallen nature. Inherently, we have a flawed view of ourselves. Pride is man’s primary sin. We have an inflated and exalted view of ourselves. We think we are better than other people and we jockey for prominence and position, even in the ranks of the faith.
The disciples were doing the same thing. Jesus went right straight to the heart of the matter and corrected them. He vacuumed the air out of their hot air balloon and landed them on the ground of humility. Using a child as the example, He helped His disciples understand that greatness comes in humility, sincerity, complete dependence, submission, obedience, and simple faith.
Greatness in this world is overrated. True greatness is found in a sincere, humble, dependent, submitted, and obedient life that has simple faith in God our Father! We are His subjects! We have only the power that He imparts. Our achievements and successes are not our own and we aren’t God!
I heard a preacher once say this:
“There are two things I know.
1. There is a God!!!
2. I’m not Him!! “
Let’s remember that!
Curtis R. Norris
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Rev. Curtis Norris