Matthew 18:1-20; Numbers 5-6; Ecclesiastes 5
One sport that everyone participates in, but few admit, is one-upmanship. We are willing to admit that those around us play that game, but we don’t. We’re better than that. Still, the game isn’t new. Ancient times called it the honor system. People worked their way up the pecking order so that others would see how important they are. Even the disciples engaged in the game and sought to find out who was greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus responded not be ranking the disciples in order from greatest to least. He called in a ringer that most would have considered the lowest type of person there. “Then he called a little child over to sit among the disciples, and said, ‘I assure you that if you don’t turn your lives around and become like this little child, you will definitely not enter the kingdom of heaven.’” (Matthew 18:2-3) What are some qualities of children that caused Jesus to say this? They are dependent on their parents for just about everything. We must be dependent on God. How often do we begin to think that we have accomplished great things when God has given us the ability? When we do that, we begin trying to climb higher in the honor game. If we recognize our dependency on God, we don’t worry what other people think about us. Children also have a natural love. They love and interact with other children no matter what skin color or religious backgrounds may be. Bias and discrimination are products of sin introduced by others later in life. Just as God loves all people – shown by giving us His Son as a sacrifice for our sins – so we should love others without reservation.
Lord God, let me be as a little child. Let me be totally dependent on You for all my needs and wants. Help me to realize that any thing or quality that I value about myself is a gift from You. Help me to show Your love to all people, no matter what our differences may be.