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What Kingdom? Child's Play

Key Passage (Matthew 18:1-4 NLT): About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?”

2 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.”


Key Passage (Mark 10:13-16 NLT): 13 One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him.

14 When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. 15 I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” 16 Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.

Jesus says we are to receive the Kingdom of God like a little child.


The disciples thought that power and authority would be the things that mattered most in God’s kingdom. They want a special status. They feel that they are better than others.


Jesus tells them that just the opposite is true - that those who will be greatest in the kingdom of heaven – won’t be the people who are so full of themselves. (They won’t be the people who feel that they are good, that they are better than others.)

Children look up to those around them

Children depend on their parents/guardians/those around them, to survive and grow.


  • Could you survive without Jesus? Are you living by your own will? By your own strength?


Proverbs 3:7 Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear (revere) the LORD and turn away from evil.


If we think we are going to be something great based on ourselves, Jesus says his Kingdom is quite the opposite - we are to be humble as a child.

children openly tell you what they need

A child does not pretend that they have no need. They have no hesitation telling you what they need.


They have no hesitation telling you what they need. If they are hungry, they will tell you that they want to eat, and if possible, get them the food they like, immediately. A child will cry until he gets what he wants.


They are dependent on you and they let you know it.


Adults are different. We don’t usually admit our weaknesses and tell our needs. We prefer to be seen as capable, self-sufficient, and independent; fully capable of fending for ourselves. We like to be seen as strong.


Yet it is important that we see ourselves as people who are in need too. Be humble like a child. A child is not shy to tell you he cannot.


Takeaway: A man who is full of himself, will not enter the kingdom of God because he feels no need of God. We want to be like a child. We live in constant dependence upon our heavenly Father.