“What Jesus Demands From The World” – Daily Devotional (6/18/10): Demand #17 “Humble Yourself In Childlikeness and Servanthood”

Matthew 10:42-45

42Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Luke 17:10

So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’

Matthew 18:1-4

1At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2He called a little child and had him stand among them. 3And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 11:25-26

25At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.”

Jesus often referred to two traits that he deeply desired for his followers to have:   servanthood and childlikeness.  Both traits represent a way of looking at the world, and continue the theme of “waging war on our pride”.

Servanthood doesn’t necessarily diminish the value of the servant, but raises the value of others.  Jesus was a servant, not because he wasn’t of priceless value, but because he viewed us as more valuable to him than his own comfort.  Being servant-like comes more naturally to some, but I fear it is becoming a lost art in our American culture.  We are constantly urged to not take unnecessary risks and “to look out for Number 1”.  This mindset is not that of Christ and we must fight it at every turn.

Childlikeness is different than childishness.  Childishness is selfish thought, through and through.  Our mindset is all about what we want and gives no room for the cost or consequences of getting it.  Childlikeness opens the doors to wonder and trust.  Children view the world with fresh and untainted eyes.  Everything is a miracle, which leads to exploration and questions about it.  Knowledge is sought hungrily and repeatedly.  Children also instinctively trust, which is a skill we tend to grow out of as adults.  This is especially true in our trust-relationship with God.  When we no longer have wonder and awe as we view God and our world, when we no longer look instinctively to God for guidance, when we view everything as “mine”; we have strayed from childlikeness.  Jesus invites us back into childlikeness and forward into servanthood.  Whether we follow him on this journey is for each to decide.

*** Attached to my Vodpod on this page is a video for “Child of the Father” by Cheri Keaggy.  I love how this song expresses the joy in knowing that God loves us as His children.

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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