Matthew 18:1-4 – “At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, ‘Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’”
This week is VBS week, which means every day there are around 150 kids in our building learning about Jesus! As I observed the kids singing as loud as they could to Jesus the King, I was reminded of Jesus’ words in Matthew 18.
The disciples were debating about who was the greatest in the kingdom. They were standing next to the King of Kings and they were trying to figure out which disciple was the top dog. I can imagine the disciples being completely humiliated once they fully realized who Jesus was as they remembered this day. When Jesus saw the insanity of their thought, he placed a small child in their midst and said that they must become like these little children if they want to enter the kingdom of heaven. Now, children oftentimes scratch and claw for attention. They push people out of their way so they can be first in line. But when it comes to being great and having worldly recognition, fame, and prominence, they couldn’t care less! They aren’t longing for their names to be known like the disciples were.
Each morning of VBS, I see the 150 kids and adult volunteers singing fun, energetic, worshipful songs. But they aren’t just singing, they are also dancing and spinning, and raising their arms, and doing motions. They are letting loose because they are having fun and don’t really care what people think of them. The younger kids do everything they can to follow along with the motions, while the older kids start to think they are too cool to continue participating. They start to become too concerned with what people think of them, so they stop participating. Does that describe your worship of the Lord? Caring too much about what people think of you so that you aren’t willing to let loose a little for the King!?
In addition to seeing a natural lack of concern for their own greatness, I also see a significant understanding of their own inability and dependence. Kids like to try to do things on their own, yet they quickly figure out their inability. Because of this dependence, they naturally trust. To an extent, their trust is somewhat ignorant, but what makes it noteworthy in God’s eyes is that their trust isn’t polluted by the skepticism and doubt that is so prevalent in this world. Having faith like a child then is having a faith that is fully and completely dependent. For us to have faith then is for us to rely and depend on that which has been revealed to us through the Word of God.
Whether you are surrounded by kids this week or not, when you see a child, may it bring you to humility and dependence as it causes your faith in God to rise!