At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who then is 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 then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:1-4
Arguably, Muhammed Ali (Cassius Clay) was greatest prize fighter of all time. His accomplishments are quite impressive and he came to define pro boxing. When it comes to greatness in God’s kingdom, the qualifications begin with childlike faith, not boasting. For adults, there is a conversion that must take place in our hearts as we humble ourselves before a Heavenly Father receiving forgiveness of our sins at the Savior’s expense. From there we join the many great souls who dedicate our lives in service as we follow the example and commands of Jesus. That’s true greatness!
How about me? Am I evaluating my life by godly standards? When did that conversion begin in me?
Lord, what a great day so far. I hope my life reflects the love and appreciation I feel for what Jesus has done for me. Tonight as I share the gospel with parents, children and guests, help me make a compelling case and touch hearts for Your kingdom’s sake.