At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 He called a child, whom he put among them, 3 and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
The kingdom of heaven is a real and present place that we begin to see if we become like children. Children remind us how to be curious, imagine, trust, play, and embrace. My son, Lennox, has never met a stranger. He always greets the next new person with curiosity, trust, and a smile. Perhaps we can all learn something about the kingdom from the children we encounter in life. What might we do differently to live into the kingdom if we were to embrace our inner child? How might our view of the world be challenged? How might our relationships change?