S –  At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”  And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them  and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:1-4 ESV)
O – As I read this Scripture I really began to think about what does it mean to become like a child? What qualities do children possess that adults do not? The first one that came to my mind was trust. While I realize there may have been many more that our Savior was referring to, trust seemed real important to me. Little children trust the adults in their life completely. They have complete confidence that they will be fed, clothed, cared for if they get hurt, and that parent will be there whenever they are needed. How much simpler would our life be if we would give our Heavenly Father this same trust. After all, can’t we have complete confidence in Him? Can’t we trust that He will supply our every need?
A – What does this mean for me? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – total dependence is a hard one for me. But if I want to enter the Kingdom, I have to become as a child. One of those qualities, is total dependence on my Heavenly Father. Trust that I will be fed, clothed, cared for and He will always be there when I need Him.
P – Heavenly Father, help me to become as a child. Help me to put all my trust in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.