“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” Matthew 18:1-6
Is this the second most important lesson in bible?
But you might say I do not need to be the greatest. I only want to be the person God wants for me to be. That is clearly a good start. But never disregard these words: “unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven”
Think about it … could this be the most important lesson?
Converted – “to bring over from one belief, view, or party to another; to bring about a religious conversion. to turn to another or a particular use or purpose; divert from the original or intended use: They converted the study into a nursery for the baby. to modify something so as to serve a different function.”
The NKJV uses the word “turn” here. Have you truly turned and become like a child as it relates to the teachings and things of God? Yesterday, I sat with my grand-daughter Mallory and watched her as I shared some bible verses with her. It was clear that her mind is completely open and accepting of this teaching above and many others. She wants God’s wisdom. She wants to have divine appointments. She desires the mind of Christ. Jesus and His Truth is real to her.
So what is the difference between most adults, and those who have become like a little child? The childlike turned from their old ways of the world and decided to believe, trust, and follow Jesus, the leading of the Holy Spirit, and His eternal truth. You see the child Jesus brought forward was not yet encumbered by the teachings and things of the world.
Like an unborn baby in the womb this child had not yet learned those things, desires, lusts, and teachings of men that invariably lead us away from God and His eternal meaning and purpose. Their beliefs are easily humbled to God’s truth. My bible teacher describes this as having the mind of Christ or Divine Viewpoint thinking; rather than Human Viewpoint Thinking.
And those who are spiritual are called to judge all things with their gift from God of spiritual discernment. “The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:15-16
You see we are called to measure all of our beliefs up against God’s eternal Truth and “we have the mind of Christ to guide us” So the question is why would anyone do the opposite and judge the things of the Spirit up against their feelings, logic , and worldly training? Yet we do this unconsciously every day. Answer – Pride.
We do not naturally receive the truth as a child does, because they have yet to be corrupted with false opinions and beliefs. For adults, this can only be accomplished by the leading of the Holy Spirit and God’s Truth. Unfortunately, religions, pastors, and teachers are vulnerable to old ways just like everyone else. They can and do help us, but only if they are following the leading of the Holy Spirit and the eternal truth. Otherwise we are in danger of unknowingly following a false lead – away from God’s will and plan.
So what are we to do? Humble yourself and your thinking to Jesus and His truth. And reject the false ideas that the unbelieving world would have you believe to be true. This is clearly the opposite of what the world wants us to do and we will not be popular with those who are following feelings, pride, lusts, and the teachings of men.
We must transform what we believe, think, and do to conform with that which is true, so that we may be true followers of the one who died for us. “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
There is no compromise here that will please both Jesus and those who reject Him. I’m sorry but words like progressive and inclusive are not God’s words; at least not as they are being used today. Not judging others does not mean – do not judge right from wrong. Don’t be a hypocrite! (read Luke 12:54-57)
Now back to the little children. Is there any little one more pure and unstained by the world than an unborn baby? “But they are a fetus and not a baby” – as someone said to me just this week? Oh really?
“Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. Where shall I go from your Spirit? …For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Psalm 139
How can anyone who believes in Jesus disregard the truth and the consequences here? Are not many millions of these little ones standing with Christ at this very moment? Only if Jesus is dead to them can people support abortion.
A woman’s right to choose – you say?
Please don’t insult us with that babble.
“but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”
Grace and Peace to you my friends,
Bob West – Geezerdust.com©