Sunday, September 10, 2017

Matthew 18:3-5 NIV 2017

And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such in my name welcomes me.

 

Jesus answered the disciple’s question, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Luke 9:46, “An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest.” Not the first time or the last but Jesus tried to put this question to rest. They needed to be like children, make a change in their life approach. Be teachable with a child’s desire to learn. By choosing not to change, nothing changes. 1 Peter 2:2, “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.” A teachable spirit is essential for all God’s children.

 

“Sometimes we need to put ourselves aside.” These were the wise words of our new youth pastor during his first sermon today. By putting myself aside, I give the Holy Spirit an opportunity to use me as God calls. Then and only then will God teach me exactly what I need to further His kingdom. Daily I’m led, willing and able to change. Sitting with a group of men and women tonight, as God’s children, we came with teachable spirits.

 

What patterns of behavior need changing?

 

Approaching life together,

S

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