Friday, December 7, 2007

The Kingdom of Little Ones

Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me. (Matthew 18:5)
The disciples argued over who would be greatest in the kingdom. Jesus answered that only those who humbled themselves as a little child would even enter the kingdom, but they would also be the greatest.

This changes everything. No longer are we to live our lives seeking personal power and pride of position. We come to God confessing, “I cannot do for myself; You must do for me.” It is coming before Him with the meekness and powerlessness of a child. Only these qualify as the great ones who are worthy of the kingdom. To welcome and honor them in Jesus’ name is to welcome and honor Jesus Himself.

So great are these in the eyes of Jesus, He gives stern warnings to those who would treat them in any lesser way.
  • But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. (Matthew 18:6)
  • Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven. For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost. (Matthew 18:10)
Everyone who comes depending on God belongs to the kingdom of Heaven on Earth, and is to be highly esteemed. Even those whom the world considers the least are among the great ones in God’s eyes. Those who despise, hinder or trip them up in any way will face stern judgment and the angels of God.



The Kingdom of Heaven on Earth

The Kingdom of Heaven on Earth
Keys to the Kingdom of God
in the Gospel of Matthew

by Jeff Doles

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