Who is the Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven??

Posted: October 6, 2015 in World On The Edge

Photo by rykooda, Morguefile.com, 2014

Photo by rykooda, Morguefile.com, 2014

The disciples approached Jesus and said,
“Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?”
He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said,
“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children,
you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Whoever humbles himself like this child
is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.
And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.” –Mt 18:1-5, 10 

What is it about children that God would have us be like them?

A child depends on his parents, can do nothing on his or her own. A child loves easily. A child forgives easily.

As parents, we see how children are drawn to other children, not to dominate them but just to be around them, as if they immediately see kinship.  Young children do not judge other children. If they judge as they grow older, it is because certain judgments are usually passed on by their parents.  So if the greatest in the kingdom of heaven must be like children, then they must be like those who have accepted others as brothers and sisters created in the image and likeness of God the Father.

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones,
for I say to you that their angels in heaven
always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.”

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