Commands of Christ: 51

Become like children.

He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.  Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.”  Matthew 18:3-5

Pride is one of the most insidious sins.  Jesus’ teaching here is in the context of His followers asking Him who (among men) was greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.  Essentially, Jesus is saying the God is the greatest.  It is nonsensical to ask who is greatest (among men) in the Kingdom.  None is worthy.  None has power in themselves.  Only the humble can enter.  Only those who recognize they are helpless can receive God’s power.  We should rejoice in our relationship with the Lord and glory only in Him.  The most humbly grateful soul is the greatest in the Kingdom.