Matthew 18:1-4 “About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who then is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?’ Jesus called a little child to Him and put the child among them. Then He said, ‘I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.'”
The heart of a child is beautiful, innocent, and pure. Hope, trust, and wonder are bound up in a child’s heart. It’s no wonder Jesus would illustrate the characteristics of the Kingdom with a child. “He called a little child to Him”, it says. The child didn’t hesitate. He came at once to Jesus side. Jesus set the child among them. The child came at once and was willing to be placed right in the middle of a crowd of adults. That is trust.
The child’s example impressed upon the disciples that their lives would be easier if Jesus filled their view instead of the world. That little hand in the hand of the Savior brought home the reality that the Lord held their lives in His hand also. They could see that if they put all their hope and trust is the Savior with the same innocence and obedience of a child, they could find acceptance and the greatest love possible.
Micah 6:8 “He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”