Monday, October 10, 2011

Matthew 18:1-4

Pastor Dean had another great sermon from Matthew 18 for us last Sunday.  He talked about what true greatness really is.  Should we desire to be great?  That depends on what we think greatness is.  Jesus’ definition of greatness is much different from how most people would define it.  The disciples had been previously arguing over which of them were to be ‘greatest.’  Jesus didn’t answer in the way that they expected, but he turned the question around to show them what true greatness really is.  

“The disciples came to Jesus and said “Who then is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”  And he called a child to himself and set him before them, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.  Whoever humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 18:1-4

We talked about how this does not mean that Jesus wants us to become childish, but child like.  Then we talked about some of the child-like characteristics that Jesus would like for us to humble ourselves and acquire, such as dependence, (on Him) and trust.  I really liked how Pastor Dean explained humility: “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less.  Pastor Dean explained that simply trying to think of yourself less is not going to work, you must focus on God before you can selflessly focus on others.  

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