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Question and Answer

I remember when I was a kid and I was acting like kids sometimes do that my mother would say, “Why don’t you grow up?” But in Luke 18 Jesus told His disciples that they needed to be like little children. What did He mean?

The disciples, after hearing Jesus speaking of His impending death on the cross, began shortly thereafter to argue among themselves about who would be the greatest. It was as if they didn’t fully understand what He was telling them and continued to focus on their future stake in His soon-to-come kingdom. No wonder they were shattered after He was crucified and buried! He was talking about His death, and they continued arguing about who was the greatest.

Jesus knew what they were thinking and took a child and brought him close and sat him on His lap. He said, “Anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it” (Luke 18:17). In that culture, children had no status and absolutely no power. They were the lowest rungs of the ladder, often equated with slaves. Jesus was trying to tell His disciples that worldly measures of success were not the key to entering His kingdom; rather, humility and simplicity are more valued in the spiritual realm.

Often as church members we have that same tension among ourselves as the disciples did—always trying to promote ourselves, our positions, and our agenda. We still need to hear Jesus’ message to grow up spiritually—and be like little children.

BY Mike Kellogg

Mike Kellogg worked with Moody Radio for more than 40 years, beginning in 1972. For many years he was the reader on Continued Story and began hosting Music Thru the Night in 1982. He also read the Today in the Word devotional for Moody Radio for many years. In July 2014, Mike retired from full-time radio. He is a graduate of Cedarville University, and has served as adjunct faculty in English and Speech Communications at Moody Bible Institute. He is married to Nancy, and they have 6 children and 16 grandchildren.

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