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Childlike Humility - Matt 18:1-4 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Tsang   
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 08:50


We are familiar with cultural humility; the kind of outward humbleness that is expected and the proper thing to do in public settings. But as our speaker Dr. Ge alluded to this Sunday, we have all felt the pride, arrogance, and self-sufficiency internally while we put on a humble front. What is Childlike humility and why is it so important in the kingdom of God?


In Matt 17, Jesus predicted his death for a second time. Then shortly after, we find the disciples asking Jesus who will be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus replied with this simple object lesson in Matt 18:1-4.


He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.


Humility is not only a good thing to add to our lives, but rather, it is a pre-requisite to enter into the kingdom of God; it is to be part of our restored nature. If we go all the way back to Genesis, we see the original temptations to Adam and Eve were to be independent of God, self-sufficient, and to be the final arbitrator of good and evil. From there, it didn’t take long to spiral out of control to the Tower of Babel in Gen 11.


Childlike humility is to know our place in relation to God and to have the humility, faith, and trust like a child to a loving good parent. Three cautions:

1. Don’t rely only on our own understanding.

2. Don’t rely purely on our experience.

3. Do not rely on our wealth. We are to imitate Christ’s humility as demonstrated in Phil 2. humble like Christ himself.


Our speaker, Dr. Ge then shared about how some personal events in his life has continued to teach him lessons of humility as God closes some doors and opens others.


Peace and grace, John

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 April 2018 09:11