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Position of a Child

Scripture: Matthew 18:1,3-5 (NIV)
1At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
3And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.4Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.5And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

Observation:

Jesus knew the hearts of the people and how much we desire to be recognized and have a position greater than at where we are currently. However, Jesus recognized that we all have a tendency to disregard simple faith and trust that children have as we become adults. Our mindset is on what we can do to further ourselves and be recognized. Jesus doesn’t disregard the desire in us to be acknowledged, however, he desires us to not focus so much on the position in life rather, the dependency and trust in God that children have. As we grow older we trust more in our abilities, decisions, and knowledge and began to lose our trust and dependency on God. We can even have the tendency to look down on others because of our “status” or “position.”

Application:

Pastor Wayne described our graduation as a commencement because it is our beginning in what God has planned for us. I desire to hit the ground running and feel that there are so many things I would like to begin in the ministry. I began to think about how amazing and blessed it is to have a Master’s degree. I am proud of what I have accomplished through God’s blessing. However, I need to remember, that all of this knowledge is not for just making my head bigger. It is for investing in others and serving them. Those that are great in the Bible and in this world are men and women who have dedicated their lives to serving others and using what abilities and talents they have for the improvement of others. I was given a towel from Capital to serve as a reminder that I am to serve others and the towel should be “dirty” from serving others and washing their feet.
My position means nothing unless I am serving. My prayer today is that I will serve others and in turn be serving the Lord. I pray that my position will never outgrow being a child that fully depends on the Lord. I pray that I have the attitude and mindset as a child trusting in Christ and as a servant serving others to glorify the Lord.

Prayer:

Jesus, thank you for revealing your scriptures to me this morning. Although I have received a Master’s degree, let me trust in You and use all that you have given me to serve others and invest in Your Kingdom. I love you and thank you for the wonderful Hawaii trip that has been a blessing beyond words! In Your Name, Jesus! Amen

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