09.05.21 | Jesus And The


Tony Pyle

Matthew 18:1–10

Jesus loved children and always welcomed them into His presence. As He did so, He reminded those around Him that we should never lose our childlike wonder and that the Kingdom belongs to those whose faith is like that of a child; full of love, wonder, and awe of God.

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People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me. Don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” After taking them in his arms, he laid his hands on them and blessed them.

Mark 7:48-50
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “So who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

Matthew 18:1
By nature, all of us are rebels who want to be celebrities instead of servants. – Warren Wiersbe
By nature, all of us are rebels who want to be influencers instead of servants.
He called a small child and had him stand among them. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “unless you turn and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child — this one is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one child like this in my name welcomes me.

Matthew 18:2-5
I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without me.

John 15:5

Think about your childhood. What aspects of your childhood do you miss the most? What is one of your most fond memories of being a kid?
Read Matthew 18:1. Why do you think the disciples asked Jesus this question? Why do we often desire greatness and influence in our lives?
What is the difference between being “childish” and “childlike”? What attributes do children have that we should emulate in our faith?
Where in your faith do you need to become more childlike? In your humility, dependence, trust or wonder?