Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord. – Psalm 34:11
Meditation: One of the boldest and most powerful illustrations in the Gospels is recorded in Matthew 18:1-4, where Jesus challenged the world’s notion of greatness. Matthew writes, “At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
Greatness then is not in earthly fame or riches. It is not in secular achievements or trophies. Rather childlike humility and wonder, trust and love are at the root of heavenly greatness. If we hope to enjoy the fullness of Christ’s kingdom come into our hearts, we must humble ourselves to the simple obedience of a child. The child is not sinless, but she trusts. Her faith is not perfect, but she relies upon Jesus.
Thus the psalmist tells us in the voice of the LORD to hearken (listen) attentively and learn the fear and reverence due to His name (Psalm 111:9). Only He saves. Only He is worthy of glory, honor, and praise. (Psalm 18:3).
Call to Action: Open your Bible and your heart today, read a passage of your choosing and listen intently for the Word to speak to you. Listen for what is means to the people involved. Listen for what is means to you and your generation.