The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven

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It's almost indicative of American culture.

We want to figure out how to be the BEST!

We want to win the game.
Be in the front of the class.
Make sure we're in the top 10%.
Get the raise before someone else does.

Isn't it interesting, In Matthew 18, the disciples came to Jesus to ask, "Who will be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven…"

"He called a little child and had him stand among them. And
he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like
little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 18:2-4)

What a beautiful picture.  

The disciples come to Jesus for a raise.
They want to compete for their faith.
They feel like it's all about what they can do to get ahead.
But Jesus flips it on it's ear.
He invites them to re-imagine.

To re-imagine their understanding of the Kingdom.
To re-imagine their view of children.
To re-imagine how they see God.
To re-imagine the beauty of a pure relationship.

A Child has an innocence for life.
His imagination wanders far from the chains of normal.
Her understanding isn't hindered by what we know, but what might be.

I wonder if Jesus is telling us, Imagination and wonder for the beauty of God is the key to heaven.
I wonder if simplicity is the key.
I wonder if an innocent trust is the way we develop a closer intimate relationship with God.
I wonder if we're making this whole thing WAY TO COMPLICATED.

Jesus could have said, "You have to go to seminary."
He could have told them, "Not until you write a couple of books."
He could have said, "It's the number of people in your ministry."

But He focused on the little children. 

It's not that we wish to be great in the Kingdom.
We just want to re-imagine the way we see God's kingdom, and begin to move in that direction. 

My hope is today….

You can approach God like a child.
You can trust him with your whole life, not to worry about what the day will bring.

"Whoever welcomes a little child like this…welcomes me." (Matthew 18:7)

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