Confess Jesus as Lord
Matthew 17:24-18:5: Today’s reading begins with the collectors of the Temple tax asking Peter if his teacher paid this tax. So that nobody is offended, Jesus asks Peter to settle the Temple tax for both of them. Then Jesus called a little child to stand in front of his disciples, and said that unless they become like little children, they will never enter the Kingdom of heaven.
“I assure you that unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the Kingdom of heaven. The greatest in the Kingdom of heaven is the one who humbles himself and becomes like this child.”
Reread 18:1-5. Children are considered a gift from God. However, they have little power and are expected to obey their parents completely and do as they are told. Jesus used children as examples to show that being powerful is not the way to get into God’s Kingdom. What God requires is obedience. What does this scripture passage mean to you?
Heavenly Father, you ask us to be like children so that we might enter your Kingdom. Make me your child today, that my innocence and obedience may serve you. Amen.