“Want to be the greatest?”

“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.

Matthew 18:3-4

Jesus let his disciples know what it would take be the “the greatest” in the kingdom of heaven. It would take a childlike faith and humility. That hasn’t changed, we are still to come to him in the same way. We are to come with pure faith and humility.

Somewhere along the way many have come to believe we are to elevate ourselves above others, and become the greatest by our pursuit of degrees in theology. Funny the church grew early on by the preaching of fishermen, tax collectors and the like. Yes paul was a theologian of his day, but he humbled himself… “And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”  (1 Cor. 2:1-2) He could have proclaimed the word of God as a great theologian, but he chose to become all things to all men and keep it simple.

We need to understand today, that we will not impress our Lord with the alphabet soup that follows our name. We certainly need to have a firm grasp of the word, and be able to share the word, but nowhere does Jesus teach us we need to spend years studying it before we are capable of teaching others about him.

When Jesus said go and make disciples he wasn’t talking about pursuing a PhD first. He simply wanted his followers to tell others about him making more disciples. Simplicity is the key. Humility will help us to keep it simple. Let’s humble ourselves before the LORD.

© Leo J Woodman

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