Matthew 18:1-4

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

What do you say when asked to introduce yourself? Most of us stress personal traits the world most values—profession, education, achievements, and talents. In a church setting, we might highlight our religious affiliation, ministry, or devotional practices. It is so ingrained in us to try to impress others (and God!) with our accomplishments, it’s hard to hear Jesus: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

It takes great humility to trust God like small children, but according to Jesus, this is what heaven values. Perhaps we might lay aside our important pursuits for a few moments today and simply rest in God’s tender love and care for us.

Sarah Bensen