It is natural to want to be great. All of us hope that we will do something that will set us apart from the crowd. Even the disciples of Jesus were not immune to the desire to view themselves as special in comparison to others. However, the Lord does not measure with the measuring stick used by the worldly.
The disciples approached Jesus and said,
“Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?”
He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said,
“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children,
you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Whoever becomes humble like this child
is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.
And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.
Humility is most easily recognized in those who have no power or status in the world. Children, of course, are utterly powerless without the assistance of adults. Jesus uses the example of a child to teach us that it is only in humility that we will find our place in the Kingdom of God.
Lord, help us to set aside our selfish desires and become more humble in your service.