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Who Is The Greatest In the Kingdom
by Shanna George
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Mat 18:1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

Mat 18:2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,

Mat 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Mat 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

The disciples came to Jesus and wanted to know who was the greatest in the kingdom, they wanted to have the best seat in the house, the best seat next to the Lord, they wanted to be great in the kingdom.

It is not much different today, as it seems as if Christians are vying for the best position, the need to be well known, to make the most money, to have their teachings be acclaimed, to have the biggest church and ministry, to sell the most books and CD's to have the biggest conferences, hanging out with the in crowd, on and on.

And many look down their noses at those who choose to walk in humility and meekness, to be as little children in the kingdom, to be a nobody, to not be thought of highly. It has become a competition in the body of Christ.

It has been a prayer of mine for a long time to be as a little child in God's kingdom, to be humble, unpretentious, teachable,dependant on the Father, trusting, and loving as he is loving.

Recognizing I am weak, that I am nothing with out the Lord, that what ever is done through me is really done through me, and nothing I can say with pride, I did that myself. Because it is all the Lord and none of me.

I see this as a prerequisite to being Remnant people, we can say we are Remnant and still set up ourselves to be something we are not, because everything done is to give God glory,not do think of ourselves highly, not to elevate ourselves in the world or among other Christians.

I believe that to be an overcomer we must first be as little children, humble and unpretentious, not trying to be something we are not, thinking of ourselves more highly. This is part of being an overcomer. it isn't just about overcoming sin, and the devil, it is about the attitude of the heart. This is what the Lord looks on. It isn't a matter of what others think of us, but what God thinks of us.

Isn't that what it is all about? Being the same with everyone.

True greatness is a matter of the inner life, the inner attitude, it is a humble spirit and a pure heart, it is often expressed in those who have a great love for Christ, in those who truly serve others in sincere humility. And it is being the least important in the kingdom, it is being insignificant in the kingdom.

That really rubs many the wrong way. But greatness is not position, leadership or power, or who has the most important office in the church, the most education, degrees or fame, It isn't about recognition, accomplishments or success.

Success is not measured by how much money we make or what we have achieved, or what we know, it is about what God has achieved through those who submit willingly to His will. It is about knowing Him, and who and what His character is like so that we can emulate Him.

It is the surrendered heart he looks on. The willing vessel that will give Him the glory.

It is not what we do for God but what is in our hearts, what we are, in spirit before him.

To be great is to be great in love, kindness, humility, meekness, goodness, faith, godly character, wisdom, patience and self control.

Greatness in our love for the Lord and for His people, it means love for the least of them, it means not thinking of ourselves more highly.

I find Heidi Baker a good example of greatness in these things, and even Sarah Palin the vice presidential running mate. I see her as so unpretentious and humble, she doesn't try to be somebody, she is the same with everyone that I can see, she is simple and leaves everything to the will of the Father.

A great leader is one who submits to the will of the Father and is consecrated to Him and has a great love for Him that everyone can see.

Many in the world will never read the bible, the only bible they will ever read, will be your life, so we need to live it in such a way to glorify God, for people to give Him praise for who He is, and for what he has done in our life.

People need to see God's spoken word lived out in our lives. It is all about being in his image, it is not about us, but about him, it is about living in a kingdom glass house. When they see our lives it is to see His life and the words He has spoken.

It is not about drawing a following, it is not about people saying great things about us, it is about pointing the way to Jesus.

Many say that they are not called to evangelize and bring souls to Christ. I disagree with that but if they choose not to physically go out to bring Christ to others, then they must live in such a way that if people do not hear about Jesus from their lips, they will see Him lived in their life.

If I was an unbeliever what would I see viewing Christianity today?

I see no difference in Christians and non Christians, they dress the same, they act the same, and there are very few that wear Jesus, wear the word of God before the world.

Pride is the hallmark of Christianity, rather then having being converted as little children and leaving pride behind we see it so prevalent in the body of Christ.

Children are so simple, and uncomplicated, they will play with a rich persons child as easily as a child in the street and won't think a thing about it unless their parents teach them different.

They are not self focused, or self conscious, they will play and even act foolish and not be at all concerned about how they look to anyone. We should be more concerned with how God see's us daily then how others see us.

Children are so trusting that is why they are often the target of satan, and why Jesus says.

Mat 18:5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

Mat 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

I notice how people treat their children, they either spoil them or treat them as less then themselves, often is the case with many Christians that see themselves as something greater then others.

Pride is a silver thread among those who are deceived. To show them where they are in error or that they are deceived brings much anger, vile words and curses, almost seemingly coming from the mouth of satan.

We must examine ourselves to see if there is pride in our hearts. It is such a wicked sin, yet we so often only see it in others not in ourselves.

Pride is so opposite of being as little children, so in opposition to Jesus Christ very nature.

The sooner we can die to our own self consciousness and self interest and just love people as Jesus Christ does, the sooner we will exhibit humility. The sooner we can be childlike.

This is why it is said we must just "be" not "do". It is a matter of just "being" who we are, not trying to be something, or doing things to be noticed.

Not being self focused but God focused, God aware, just "being" in his Presence, no pretension of who we are but a child of God, a CHILD of God.

We are not in this world to be known or to have a great name or following, or to have all this worlds goods.

We have but one task and that is to become like Christ, to be as a little child humble and meek, and to bring Him to others so they can also be like Christ.

We are given gifts to share with the body, to minister to those who need encouragement or to speak life into them, or bring joy into their experience but it doesn't make one better then another or greater then another.

We need to see everything as from God, and not from us, then we would have no reason to think of ourselves so highly.

Everything does come from God when we see it that way, as a little child we can see the joy of the morning, a new day of discovery, we can see life from a new perspective, we can see how great the Father is, and how much love He has for His creation.

We can see His handiwork as a masterpiece and just be excited at the way He has painted our lives and all of creation around us.

This is how children see it. Their little feet hit the floor upon rising from their beds and they are excited to meet the day. they love to see how things are made, they love adventure, they are so trusting of the Father they have no fear of evil.

They are in awe at everything new in their experience, they laugh and run for the thrill of running, they see everything as greater then themselves. They love to play in water, to climb trees and be way up there, to seek out caves and hiding places, it is sense of awe,discovery and curiosity that keeps them content.

This is being unpretentious and enjoying all that the Father has given us, loving everyone, not being partial, whether rich or poor or yellow black or white, girl or boy.

Somehow as Christians we have lost our childhood instead of entering in as children. We have become stuffy, and self focused, which is just like the world, who expects everything to revolve around them and for them.

As little children we see the world in a whole new way, we have eyes to see and ears to hear, we see God in a whole new way, we can see His great love for us and can see our purpose and revival in the heart of a child.

Yes, revival will come when we enter into the kingdom as little children. When we stop focusing on ourselves and our own little world, on our things, on our needs, and begin to focus on God, and "BEING" the gospel life,seeing in a new way God and His creation, and how much he loves us, and being thankful for every little thing, just loving Him and appreciating Him for who he is.

Mat 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

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naomi Cassata 01 Dec 2009
Lovely article. True to the core!


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