Who is Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven
The 2012 Summer Olympics ended today and many people won medals. We had winners and whiners from many countries, nations, and tongues, but the thing that struck me the most was the arrogance of some of the winners. Only in the mind of man is one person superior to another. The one who thinks he is above all is a fool. All men were created equal and all men have the same rights in the eyes of the One who will judge us. Not one of us has anything to boast about other than having been saved by grace, and only then, if we have repented of our sin and asked Jesus to be the Lord of our life.
Man strives to become great among men and to be known by others as a great leader. The disciples of Jesus in the early days of following Him wasn’t any different than other men and thought because man strove to be mighty on earth; heaven must operate the same way. So they asked Jesus the question, “Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And Jesus said to them, “Assuredly I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Jesus made it abundantly clear in this scripture, the man with the golden tongue, or the hulk with the charismatic personality will not be the greatest person in the kingdom of heaven even if he is the most gifted man on earth. The greatest in the kingdom of heaven will be a humble man who loves justice and mercy and walks humbly with his God just like a little child before his parents.
The humility of a child is shown in their complete trust in their parents knowing that if they ever need help, their parents will be there for them during their hour of need. That is the level of trust we are to have in our heavenly Father. He has promised us in His Word, “He will never leave us, nor forsake us.” And if we will humble ourselves before Him as a little child; He will insure our complete safety while we pass through this world in which we live.