Be Like the Children
By David Yim, Youth Director
Passage: Matthew 18:1-4 (ESV)
18 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them 3 and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Who is the Greatest?
When asked by his disciples of who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, Jesus Christ responds by telling his disciples that whoever becomes like a child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. If you and I were in this very moment, you may be confused, shocked and even insulted by this claim. Children and women in Roman and Jewish culture were viewed as property during this time. A father may disown, abuse and even kill his own child if he decided to. A husband can leave his wife at any time if he wishes because she is his property. When Jesus tells His disciples to become a child, he is giving them a radical message. He is calling his disciples to deeply humble themselves to be like a child and also to treasure the children in society. Christ was the one who demonstrated this very message; by humbly coming down to earth and by taking humanity’s place on the cross so that we may have the forgiveness of sins and become heirs of righteousness.
In a culture that does not treat women and children humanly, Jesus is countercultural by placing high value and worth to the lowest of the lows in society! The Gospel is a living message, conforming patterns and shaping the mind and heart against injustices and the forces of evil.
Take some time to reflect and pray; How is God calling the Church to be countercultural today? How is He calling the Church to bring justice in a world that is unjust?