This free one year kid’s devotional study thru the Bible is designed to hit the highlights, provide practical application and requires no preparation. If you have a little more time, I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (Matthew 18 ) while we focus in on just a few verses in 5 minutes.
Background: Matthew is the first book in the New Testament and was written by Matthew to carefully document that Jesus is in fact the long awaited Messiah and fulfilled all of the Old Testament prophecies.
In this section of Matthew (Chapters 16-19) Jesus is preparing His faithful followers for the difficult days ahead. Unfortunately the disciples are still focused on themselves and not the Kingdom as we can see by this question that they ask.
Ask the children…
What was the question that the disciples asked?
“About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?’” (Matthew 18:1)
How did Jesus respond?
“Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. 3 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. 4 So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.’” (Matthew 18:2-4)
The disciples were concerned with their own place in the Kingdom. They felt like they had given us so much to follow Jesus. Jesus showed them a completely different standard fo measuring greatness, humility. To become like a dependent child and totally reliance on the Father.
Ask your children if they are trying hard to grow up? Isn’t it funny how Jesus says we should stay like little children in our Kingdom walk. What is one way that we can all be like children today in our relationship with our heavenly Father?
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