At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
What does Jesus mean when He says, that we are to be converted and become as little children to enter the kingdom of heaven? Jesus makes this statement after being asked who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Does this mean that if we are selfish, self-centered and immature, we will be great in God’s kingdom? No! We are to be humble like children are.
Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Children are humble in two ways:
1. Children believe the “impossible”.They haven’t learned unbelief yet, so they can operate in God’s promises with full faith and expectation.
2. Children don’t operate in malice. They may get angry and lash out in the moment but when you tell them to say sorry and make up, they are best friends again.
1 Corinthians 14:20
Brethren, do not be children in understanding; however, in malice be babes, but in understanding be mature.
We are to be mature in our understanding but to be babes in malice (ignorant of malice – the intent to harm). We as believers should not think evil of others or be offended and plot revenge against them. We should at all times operate in love towards one another.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.
Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”
Let’s take the words of Jesus seriously and choose to operate in God’s kingdom with the humbleness of children, full of faith and empty of malice.