4 So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 18:4)
A while back, I had a full-day stopover in Seoul, South Korea. It was on January 1st and although everything was closed, the largest church in the world, Yoido Full Gospel Church, held Sunday services where I had the privilege of attending. Following after was their newcomers lunch up on the 10th floor of a tall office building where I learned that one of the core values their senior pastor, Dr. Yonggi Cho held, was his dependence on prayer.
Many have tried to be like the largest church in the world. They copy the method or structure, but miss the “why” behind it. Dr. Cho’s principle was that the Holy Spirit was the senior pastor and he was the associate, which led him to lean heavily on prayer. If we strive to be significant in God’s Kingdom, we need to learn to take a back seat. Servanthood, being humble like a little child, is the pathway to greatness in God’s Kingdom as Jesus points out in verse 4.
So why a little child?
1) Little children are trusting – they lean on their parents and trust without questioning.
2) Little children are always in awe – when they receive a gift, it seems they are so excited and thankful for it.
3) Little children are willing to learn – They ask many questions and don’t think they know it all. They are teachable.
4) Little children forgive quickly – When parents ask, “Would you please forgive daddy or mommy for that mistake?” You usually get a hug or a willing nod from them after.
5) Little children have servant hearts – Ever notice kids are always willing to help out?
6) Little children are giving – When we teach them to share, they are so willing to. They are eager to help others out as well.
Humility is the key to our walk with Christ. The more we surrender and become childlike, the more we excel in His Kingdom. Humility keeps others in mind and protects their interest, while pride elevates self above all. Someone said this, “Pride is like bad breath – everyone can smell it but you.” On the other hand, I think a humble person has a graciousness that everyone recognizes but themselves. It's like the quote, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.”