At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 18: 1 – 3
The main focus of my working life was children. As a teacher I was in the honoured position to see children develop and grow over their primary school years. Although they were at school to learn, we as adults in the school also learned from them. Children have a different outlook on life, they can be curious, honest, bold and they are usually eager to learn. Children also accept their dependence on others and ask for help when needed, they are trusting and are naturally full of faith. Children have a way of believing everything you say and believing it as fact. It’s only when we grow up that we tend to question everything.
However, in Jewish culture at the time of this passage, children were regarded as insignificant until they were twelve. So Jesus is saying that we should become like a child and act as if we were the lowest in society.
Prayer: Dear God,
We pray for humility to lower ourselves, to taking the focus off of us and focus on what really matters. Help us to change and become like little children. To see the world as a child sees it with hope, joy and wonder.
Action: Become more childlike in your approach to life (this doesn’t mean to become immature though!)
• Be curious about everything
• Connect with nature
• Marvel at God’s creation around us