Friday 25th October, 2019
Theme: The Greatest
Passage: Matthew. 18: 1- 6
Who Is the Greatest?
18 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, asking, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?”
2 So Jesus called a child to come and stand in front of them, 3 and said, “I assure you that unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the Kingdom of heaven. 4 The greatest in the Kingdom of heaven is the one who humbles himself and becomes like this child. 5 And whoever welcomes in my name one such child as this, welcomes me.
6 “If anyone should cause one of these little ones to lose his faith in me, it would be better for that person to have a large millstone tied around his neck and be drowned in the deep sea.
The passage before us today calls for an inward searching and a sober reflection. Already, by this stage in His ministry Jesus had formed a distinct group of followers and had spoken of building ‘His church’ (Matt. 16:18).
The disciples had become so preoccupied with organization of Jesus’ earthly kingdom that they had lost sight of its divine purpose. Instead of seeking a place of service, they sought positions of advantage. It is easy to lose our eternal perspective and compete for positions or status in the church.
It is not wrong for believers to be industrious or ambitious. But when ambitions pushes obedience and service to one side, it becomes sin. Pride or insecurity can cause us to overvalue position and prestige. In God’s Kingdom, such motives are destructive. The only safe ambition is directed toward Christ’ Kingdom, not our own advancement.
Jesus used a child to help His self-centered disciples understand who was the greatest. “He called a little child and had him stand among them. And He said: ‘I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the Kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 18:2-4). We are not to be childish (like the disciples, arguing over petty issues) but childlike, with humble and sincere hearts. Are you being childlike or childish?
Thomas, the great medieval author, once wrote, “He is genuinely great who considers himself small and cares nothing about high honours”. Do you desire to be the greatest in the light of God’s Word? Then ask for more grace to be humble in all ramifications. The reward for humility and fear of the LORD is riches and honor and life. (Prov.22:4)
MEMORY VERSE: Matthew 18:4 “Whosoever, therefore, shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the Kingdom of heaven”.
HYMN: MHB 567 – IN FULL and glad surrender
PRAYER: My Lord and my God, I confess my sins and ask that You help me to desire Kingdom greatness above everything else for Christ’s sake. Amen.