“At that time, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said, ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven’” (Matthew 18: 1-3).

It as if Jesus were saying, “You are asking who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, forgetting the earlier question of how to enter the kingdom of heaven.” Let us first consider whether we are in the kingdom. It was a great day in the church when that little child stood there and all unconsciously represented the kingdom of heaven. Dear little child, so little the Savior took him up into His arms: a hand all dimples, a cheek so fair, made for the kiss of love and trust and blessing, and eyes that had no speculation in them, still a gentle wonder of dreamy love, looking round itself wondering at the scene. And yet that child was made that day to set forth for all the ages the kingdom of God!

Where, then, are the great, the noble, the rich, the wise? Where are the ingenious, the learned, the intellectual? Where are they? I have always found that in proportion as a man is really great, he is also really childlike. Childlikeness is simplicity, trustfulness, utter unconsciousness in the sense of vain, boasting, glory, gentleness, love, and sincerity of heart and motive. Here is the practical inquiry for every one of us: Have we the child-heart?

Adapted From In His Presence