Smaller is Bigger

Think of the tiniest infant you know. Now, imaging saying to that baby ‘you must be responsible for yourself and others’. That would be silly wouldn’t it? Before we can be responsible for anyone, we need to know that our heavenly Father is responsible for us.

Read Matthew 18:1-4

1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
2 He called a little child, whom he placed among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes a humble place—becoming like this child—is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Consider What do you think the disciples were talking about (v 1)? What is a prerequisite to enter the kingdom of heaven (v 3)? What attitude will help the disciples be great (v 4)?

Do you ever feel like it’s really hard to be a Christian? I often feel that way, but then I’m reminded that I’m a son of the King. The Greek word translated “little child” is literally an “infant”. We are like helpless, powerless little infants and our Father is the Great King of a powerful kingdom. The only way we can enter or do any kingdom work is by asking, depending, relying on Dad, who also happens to be the boss of the universe.

Prayer What makes you feel overwhelmed? Your heavenly Father is good, loving and expects that you ask him for help. What do you need today?


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