Text: :“And said verily I say unto you except ye be converted and become as little children ye shall not enter unto the kingdom of heaven. whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” - Matthew 18:3, 4.
Comment: Christ by this text illustrates that when we do not act the way children act in putting themselves down, we would not enter the kingdom of God. Have you noticed when children are gathered together and are being taught? They listen with rapt attention. They show real interest and ask questions with humility. Such attitude should be copied by worshippers of God by showing humility, being teachable and ready to learn the word of God. “Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.” - Isaiah 28:9. Compare Psalm 25:9.
Children also take things easy – they are “careful for nothing”. They do not show anxiety or worry themselves. They have broad mind and are naturally, accommodating. When we show these qualities, we will have the grace of entering into the kingdom of God.
Children do not keep malice or grudge. When they play and quarrel, they quickly settle and resume again. This, they do unconsciously. Even when the parents will went to restrict them, they still continue with the spirit of togetherness nonetheless. We as adults should have that same spirit so much that when we have misunderstanding, we should not hold it against one another. We should forget and settle as soon as possible as children would do. It is in this wise St. Paul stated “Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.” - 1 Corinthians 14:20