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5 Jun 2007

Like a Child: Humble Dependence

Posted by Phil

like-a-childChrist’s reference to becoming like a child in Matthew 18:3 has always been a powerful scripture for me. It is a simple statement that can be difficult to follow for even the most established Christian. This series will look at four of the qualities that constitute the faith of a child. The first quality is found in the next verse. Matthew 18:4 instructs, “[W]hoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

So we are to humble ourselves before God and others in the same manner as a child humbles himself before his parents. The humbleness of a child is not without reason. If children were able to create anew the relationship between themselves and their parents, they would likely place themselves above their parents. Forget having a bedtime, eating vegetables, and going to school. In this scenario, parents’ decisions would only be adhered to if they mirrored the child’s own interest.

It is the dependence children have on their parents that cause them to become humble. Likewise, we must humble ourselves because we are dependent on God. Paul wrote to the Philippians, “I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ” (Phil 3:8). Without Christ, everything is worthless. We depend on Christ for meaning in our lives, for the blessing of life and countless other blessings experienced during life, for the purification of our sins, and to be a spokesman before God on our behalf. It is for these reasons that we humble ourselves in dependence before God and Christ just as a child does before his parents.

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