“Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3,4
What does Jesus mean when he says we are to become like little children? First, little children do not worry about the needs of tomorrow but purely and simply trust that tomorrow’s needs will be met. We need so to trust our heavenly Father who loves us infinitely more than any earthly father could. Secondly, little children are very teachable. They drink in knowledge without ever doubting its truth. We ought to be as teachable when we approach God’s Word. But the greatest way in which we must become as little children is in being humble. What an example we have in the One who spoke these words. He humbled Himself to death, even the death of the cross, that we may have life. It was pride for which Satan was cast from heaven, it was pride that caused Adam and Eve to rebel against God, and it is yet pride that will keep many from the kingdom of heaven. And what havoc pride continues to reap even in our own lives, as believers, from day to day.
Please pray earnestly that each of us would increasingly be kept from this destructive sin. Pray that you yourself would be made more humble, even as a little child, even as little Kellen Carter Lizotte, who voices his need through his cries and realizes he is helpless to meet his own needs. For we have One who loves to meet our needs when we cry out to Him, for in Him is the love of God made manifest, and He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords; for He who was humbled to the death of the cross, has conquered death, risen from the grave, and now sits on the right hand of the Majesty on high! What a reason to rejoice! That He who humbled Himself lower than all others, has been exalted to the place of supreme glory! Truly, in Him, is all our rejoicing!