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A Daily Devotion for Thursday, October 5

Matthew 18: 1-5

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"

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. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me."

Jesus describes the child as being in a "lowly position." Jesus, I think, was pointing out the simplicity of childhood and the simplicity of hearing and believing when we are presented with a truth. And although the children were considered "lowly" by rank of age or status, they also had the most potential, and the most room for growth. And at a young age they do not have the expectations adults have, for recognition or reward. Sometimes simple is better, and leaves more space for improvement. I haven't really thought about this before, or how it might apply to me.

Holy Lord, show me ways to be more childlike, when it is appropriate. Help me to recognize what you so valued in childhood. Amen

Becky, transforming

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