The Greatest in the Kingdom: 6 Things We Can Learn From Children

I’ve read these verses multiple times, but today it hits home. Could it be because of the tragedy of the children and teachers in Uvalde, Texas? I think so! Sis, I’m extremely saddened by what is happening in our world. Honestly, it can be depressing if we focus on it too long. The news can make us feel anxious, overwhelmed, fearful, and everything else God has commanded us NOT to do.

But here’s what the Lord drew my attention to, and I want you to do the same. What Matthew writes is powerful (Matt. 18:10). Children are so important that God gives a warning to anyone who harms them or thinks they’re insignificant.

“Be careful. Don’t think these little children are not important. I tell you that these children have angels in heaven. And those angels are always with my Father in heaven.”

Matthew 18:10, ERV

In Matthew 18:1-14, an argument (Luke 9:16) arose between Jesus’ followers, and they brought the question to Jesus. “Who is the greatest in Heaven?” Isn’t that like us grown folks to focus on who’s better, who is on top? Who’s most successful? Who has the most followers? Who is most influential? Who did it best? Who wore it best? Who said it best? There’s always some kind of comparison for us to contend with, and it can be downright exhausting.

Nevertheless, the disciples wanted to know who was the greatest in God’s kingdom? I find it interesting that this question was asked. Shouldn’t the Creator be the greatest? Shouldn’t He and only Him be the greatest in His own kingdom? The Creator’s creation thought it was crucial to know who would be on top. If we can’t ask Jesus, who can we ask?

Sis, don’t you just love the way Jesus responds to our questions? His answers are mind-blowing! He doesn’t think like us (Is. 55:8). Jesus’ answer to his followers is shocking.

In the Bible days, children – along with women – were viewed by some as insignificant. Let me give you a couple of examples. As a child, David wasn’t invited to the special gathering held for the prophet Samuel and hosted by his father. In fact, he was forgotten about (1 Sam. 16:11). Another example is when parents brought children to Jesus to be blessed and prayed for. Jesus’ disciples scolded, rebuked, and pushed them away (Matt. 19:13-14). From the disciples’ perspective, children weren’t worth Jesus’ time. They were insignificant. Isn’t that like us (grown-ups) to make someone feel worthless and irrelevant? Sis, has someone told you that you weren’t good enough, clean enough, holy enough, worthy enough to approach Jesus? Have you made someone feel inadequate? Sis, Jesus turns no one away.

Here’s what I love about Jesus and how He treats misfits, outcasts, nobodies, and sinners. You know, people like me and you. I write about it in my book, Walking in Freedom! A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Women:

Jesus reaches out to the least likeable person. He spends time in the not so likeable places. He travels over to the rough side of the tracks, hanging around the not so popular people.

Jesus breaks down barriers and crosses boundaries to reach the least likeable person. He reaches out to those who the world has condemned and forgotten.

He makes time for the ones who have gone unnoticed and unloved. He opens His arms to the hurting and the outcast. Jesus loves hanging around the not so perfect people, those who don’t have it altogether. Jesus loves the sinners, you know, people like you and me.

Rhovonda L. Brown. Walking in Freedom!: A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Women (p. 33-34). iUniverse. Kindle Edition.

When asked who’s the greatest, Jesus calls the smallest being, little children, to show us who is the greatest in His kingdom. Why did He say, children? What’s so great about being a child? When I was a child, I wanted to be an adult. Now that I’m an adult, I miss being a child.

Here’s what the Lord revealed to me why children are the greatest in His kingdom. And these are 6 things we can learn from them.

1. Children are trusting. They trust us at our word. If you tell a child that you are going to do something, he will hold you to it. Parents learn how to give their children few details as possible because if it doesn’t come to pass, children will hold adults accountable. They’ll say, like my grandson, “I thought you said we were going…”

2. Children are forgiving. They can be upset at a friend and about 15 minutes later, they are back playing together as if nothing happened. They hold no grudges. Yeah, you hurt me. You made me cry. I was mad at you, but I forgive you. Now let’s play! Don’t you love them for that?

3. Children are honest. They will say how they feel and will let you know how they feel. They speak the truth even if it means, at times, embarrassing their parents. But they don’t care. The truth needs to be said. My grandson was upset with Pop-pop, his grandfather, for picking him up early from school. Pop-pop confessed to him, “I’m sorry for picking you up early. Do you forgive me?” Karter responded, “Not right now, Pop-pop. A few minutes later, my grandson admitted, “I forgive you, Pop-pop.”

4. Children are compassionate. They show concern for one another. If someone is hurting or sad, they are empathetic. They try to do what they can to help or make things right. They become advocates.

5. Children are full of life! They are energetic and excited just to see another day. They find joy and beauty in the simplest things such as ladybugs, a bowl of cereal, birds, clouds, and rocks. And they love celebrating each other.

6. More importantly, children are humble. They are trusting, lowly, loving, and forgiving, and we can learn so much from them.

“The one among you who is the most humble—this is the one who is great.”

Luke 9:48b ERV

Sis, let us not bicker about who is the greatest or what is best. Instead, let’s be great together by humbling ourselves like little children (Jam. 4:10; Matt.18:4). Let us consider others before ourselves. Trust the Father and His Word more, and not doubt. Let’s hold God to His Word. Sis, let us forgive one another and stop holding grudges. Be kindhearted (Col. 3:12). Live a full life finding delight in simple things.

Beloved, Jesus tells us to become like little children by changing the way we think. Humble ourselves. Because only then can we enter the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 18:3, AMP).

Sis, what are some things you can learn from a child? Let’s talk about it! I’ll be on Instagram and Facebook Live this evening at 6 pm CST to discuss today’s Walking in Freedom! Devotional. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic.

Now, let’s walk in freedom together!

Your sis,

Rhovonda

P.S. I have some great events coming up. Be sure to join me! Chat with me tonight at 6pm and join me in one of my upcoming virtual classes.

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