Becoming Childlike (Matthew 18:1-6)Vernon Troyer, October 12, 2014
Part of the Sermon series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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The disciples asked Jesus who was the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. In their minds this person should have done great and noble things. To answer their question Jesus called on a small child to come to Him. He told them they need to change their way of thinking and humble themselves to being like a child.
A child looks to its father for its security. They watch their father and copy what he does. They take him at his word and don’t question or doubt it. They are very dependent on their father.
We need to look to our Heavenly Father for our security and identity. We need to take what His Word says and live by it and not question or doubt it. We need to become dependent in our Heavenly Father. We really are nothing without Him.
18:1 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.
5 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, 6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. (ESV)