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.
1At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? 2And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, 3And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. 6But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. (KJV)