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Humility Like a Child

John Collins04/03/2012
Matthew 18 describes how Jesus tested the disciples by asking them who was the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

He did not tell them it was Peter, who he gave the keys to the kingdom.  He did not say it was James or John, who Jesus allowed to see the prophets of old upon Mount Transfiguration.  He called a child to his side, and used the child as an example.

Jesus said "Unless you change yourselves and become like children, you will never even enter the kingdom of heaven.  Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."

Jesus said that whoever receives such a humble person in His name receives Him.  Anyone that causes such a humble person who believes in Jesus Christ to sin would be punished severely.  Jesus said that "it would be better for him to have a great millstone round his neck and be drown in the depths of the sea."

Jesus condemned the world for all of the temptations to sin.  He said that it was necessary that temptations come.  But he condemned the one that helps create the temptation.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Are we humble as little children?  Do our pastors boast themselves because they have known great men?  Are our pastors humble?  Does the message we believe drive great men to humility, or does it drive those who cannot live by the expectations of the message from Christianity altogether?  Are our pastors driving the humble to sin and temptation?  Are we the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, or are we the ones gazing on the ripples in the water with a millstone holding us down to the bottom?