Matthew 18:4 – “Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
A child depends on his mother for his basic needs like food, water, care, etc. Children have the lowest position in the society as they have to depend on someone till they are old. Children do not pretend to be someone that they are not. They are honest about their emotions. Jesus told His disciples that unless they change, they will never enter the kingdom of heaven. In God’s kingdom, the humblest person is the greatest. Jesus’ disciples needed the lesson on humility as they were to carry out the ministry of spreading the gospel. Even though Judas Iscariot was one among Jesus’ disciples, his greed led him to commit suicide. Had Judas repented, he would have continued Christ’s ministry.
In the beginning, Adam and Eve were dependent on God for everything. They were naked, but not ashamed (Gen. 2:25), until they ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 3). Adam and Eve were deceived by the serpent. They hoped to be like God, to be the greatest (Gen. 3:5). That led to their downfall.
A true childlike humility is precious in the sight of God. A godly leader must have a servant-like attitude. Paul addressed himself as a bondservant of Christ in his letters (Rom. 1:1; Gal. 1:10; Titus 1:1). People showing false humility and pride should be disqualified from leadership. Only a true servant who is willing to deny himself and take up his cross is worthy for His service. Are you willing to come to the throne of our Heavenly Father? Are you willing to humble yourself like a child and lean on Him?