Monday, Revival in our Hearts
Matthew 18:1-4 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying “ Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
I’m a relatively new grandparent. Our oldest grandson will be two in May. I can already see how much fun this is going to be. Alexander is all boy. He is adventurous and relational. He is also not worried about much. He doesn’t seem to wonder if I love him. He runs to my open arms with no hesitation, trusting that I love him, that I will embrace him. He relies completely on the adults around him to feed him, to clothe him, to provide pretty much for every need he has. Alexander lives completely dependent. He is weak and needy and would not survive without help. That is by design. We all would acknowledge that there is nothing bad or shameful or wrong about dependence like this.
And then we grow up.
Still needy, yet we often resist every appearance of limitation or dependence. We hide our neediness. We want to be strong, be in control, self-sufficient.
And we ask questions like Jesus’ disciples asked. “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
Like the disciples, we look for ways to judge and measure—to compare and size up. They were asking Jesus for the pecking order. And Jesus answers them, introducing a completely foreign paradigm.
Be like children.
The term “humble yourself” is a command often repeated in God’s word. What does being a child have to do with humility? What is Jesus saying here?
Be like children. Not immature or naïve. But meek. Trusting. Teachable. Dependent.
To humble myself as a child postures me to see Him as my Heavenly Father who is a perfect Father.
I can humble myself before Him without fear. He has adopted me, given me His Spirit and I can cry out to Him—Abba Father!
Jesus words help orient my heart because I resist the feeling of weakness and humiliation. I don’t like feeling feeble. Yet, when I gaze on Him, the Good Father, I can admit my need before Him, trusting Him completely with whatever is before me today.
Father, thank you for making me your child. I admit my need before you and approach your throne of grace to find mercy. Keep my heart soft and malleable. I confess pride and ask your forgiveness. Today, I will be reminded of my neediness when I feel hungry or thirsty or sad or confused. Give me a sober heart that will readilylean into you in every moment. You are a good and faithful Father. I trust you with every detail of my day.