1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, 3 and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever therefore will humble himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. – Matt 18
Jesus was surrounded by children. They loved Him and wanted to be around Him. The disciples couldn’t keep them away! The children weren’t concerned with their social status, how much money they produced, or any other worldly desire. They were innocent, humble, and receptive.
This is a status we must attain to in Jesus. Our greatness is not in ourselves, it’s in our God. Our importance to Him is not attached to our worldly status, it’s our attitude and relationship with Him, just as these little children.
This is echoed by King David in Psalm 131:
1 O Yahweh, my heart is not exalted, and my eyes are not raised high;
And I do not involve myself in great matters,
Or in matters too marvelous for me.
2 Surely I have soothed and quieted my soul,
Like a weaned child with his mother,
Like a weaned child is my soul within me.
3 O Israel, wait for Yahweh
From now until forever.
King David had learned to reject pride and presumption. Even though he was one of the most powerful people on earth, he did not overvalue himself or undervalue others. He had developed a humility and a quietness, where he wasn’t striving or stressed out by the world. Instead he turned to the Lord like a child.
Through these examples we learn to become child-like. Our hope is in God, not ourselves. We don’t need to be stressing towards the goals of attainment, instead we come to him with childlike faith and humility. We wait for God, now and forever.