Little ones to Him belong;
They are weak, but He is strong.
Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. (Mt. 18:3)
Jesus places a little child in the midst of His disciples and tells them that what He is about to say is critically important. “Assuredly,” a trustworthy truth that is to be seriously dealt with. He proceeds to explain that they will not enter the kingdom of heaven unless they make a dynamic change. They need to turn from their self-seeking, worldly ambitions and become like little children, free from pride, covetousness, and ambition. The disciples had been arguing about who would be greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus had to correct their understanding, showing them God’s point of view. To be a disciple is to become like a child, humble, simple, content, trusting, and teachable. Children are willingly dependent on their father to supply their wants and needs. Jesus exhorts His disciples to rely on their Heavenly Father to take care of them, to have a modest opinion of themself, to disengage from worldly affections, and to be satisfied with what God has given them.
What makes us great in the Kingdom of God is full confidence in God, unruffled by circumstances, knowing that He will supply all our needs. We are to willingly submit our will to His will, our thoughts to His thoughts, our affections to His affections. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are His ways higher than our ways, and His thoughts than our thoughts (Is. 55:9). We engage in a genuine struggle as we make the choice to let Him be the Great One in our life. Every day. Every hour. Every minute. Our weaknesses become God’s strengths. Our sins pardoned by the blood of Jesus. When we remember who we are apart from God—our lusts, our desires, our sin nature; and we become dependent on God—His grace, His hope, His love—we become His beloved children. When we become independent of God, we become childish—selfish, noisy, and immature.
Where does your strength lie today—in God or in yourself? What is one area in your life that you are still childish in, not trusting God, selfish and immature? Greatness in God’s sight comes when we know that we are loved by God, receive His grace, and follow Him. Today is your day to look to God and ask Him to pour His love into you, covering you with His grace and mercy. Seek to become great in the Kingdom of God, pressing on to become as a little child. Remember that “Little ones to Him belong; they are weak, but He is strong.”