Today’s devotion is based on Matthew 18:1-4 “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. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
What is greatness in the eyes of God? Like us, Jesus’ disciples were concerned about this. They were probably masking desires of their own to be highly honored by their Lord. They needed to understand, and so do we, that greatness in relation to Jesus is different from it in the world. Worldly greatness depends on people’s personal abilities, accomplishments, and positions that cause others to view them as important, influential, and respectable.
Greatness before God, however, is viewed in a completely different way. Our greatness before God is what he gives us through Jesus. Our humility to believe that is what God values as greatness.
Please pray the prayer for today with me. Jesus, you know how prideful I can be. Remind me when I believe I am a humble person that I have become prideful. Turn me back to you so that I might live a life of humility. Never let me doubt your Word and its message of life. Make me willing to gladly submit myself to you, trusting you completely as my Savior. In your name, I pray. Amen.