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. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. Matthew 18:1-5
When traveling, much can be said for having good directions. If you get headed in the wrong direction, you may have to go all the way back and start over again. Unfortunately in our lives, we’ve spent much time going the wrong way.
Christ shows us the way to get our lives on the right road.
Imagine being one of His Disciples then, walking daily with the Saviour. You’ve witnessed all the reaction, watching the miracles He did – you’ve heard His voice. To say the least, it must’ve been beyond exhilarating to wake up each day, wondering what He was going to do next. As both opposition and popularity grew, they wanted to know more about how to approach God’s kingdom. Christ gives a simple illustration and oh how we’ve missed it, even those with a racial awareness. By His Spirit, Christ wants you to have a growing expectation in your life each day.
There was a healthy discussion that had arisen among them, resulting in a relevant question. Though they had their own opinions, obviously they wanted Jesus Himself to settle it once and for all. As we labor to know the truth, none of us should ever assume we are perfectly correct on every issue. When we have an unsettled difference of opinion, we should remain at peace as brothers by admitting that one day Christ will provide all the answers. The answer He provides here generates more than just another theological position, but life-changing wisdom.
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, Matthew 18:1-2
No matter where we are with Christ, of great concern is how to “enter into the kingdom of heaven.”
You should be thanking God if you have come up empty when listening to the ways of men – but what does Christ have to say? That we must “be converted, and become as a little child.” This isn’t at all what we expect to hear from Him. It goes against our reasoning, especially in America, where it’s all about being selfish and demanding.
Encountering and following the Christ of Scripture provides us the way to begin entering God’s kingdom in this life.
These Disciples had left all to follow Him, so they asked – “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Possibly they expected Him to start listing off examples like… Enoch, Moses, or Elijah – Jesus doesn’t go there. They may have anticipated descriptions of impressive miracles, constituting being the greatest- He didn’t do that either. Rather, He “called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them” – What could this mean?
‘Try putting yourself there, sitting around with Jesus and right in the middle, a little child is standing – what do we see? The most precious possession on earth. If you want to know Christ, then this is how you want God to see you. At the same time, He wants you to know that He will take care of you, just like how you and I feel when we see children. Love wants to provide for, look after, and protect – these are God’s best for children.
Try and see what your Father sees in a little child: one who’s just getting started, one who is willing to listen and learn… one who doesn’t think he has it all figured out and needs guidance. This may seem like taking a step back from an adult perspective, but only in our carnal minds or through our ego and our senses. When it comes to being the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, it all begins with this little child. Take hold of this key – He is always watching over you, wanting your total dependence on Him. He knows what we have need of before we ask Him.
The only way to respond at this point, is to see this as your opportunity to start over with Christ – recognizing if this hasn’t been your approach – you’ve been wrong.
We’re taught it’s all about knowledge and that the more we put our hands on things, the better off we’ll be – that’s not what a little child does. God’s way is for us to be free and put it all in His hands. Jesus continues:
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. Matthew 18:3
What constitutes being converted is a major point of confusion and only what Scripture says it is, matters.
Only genetic Israelites (Whites) can receive Christ and be converted. Conversion isn’t for non-Whites, no matter how much people want it that way or try to promote it. At the same time, conversion to Christ isn’t just receiving the knowledge (or finding out) that you are an Israelite, or learning that you were born with the Spirit of God. As we see from Christ here, conversion happens at some point after birth for an Israelite.
To “be converted, and become as a little child” is simply submitting to or becoming aware within yourself that you are totally dependent on God.
Conversion is that first step in the right direction towards God’s kingdom. If you’ve been misled on conversion, thinking it’s something other than what Christ taught, the end result will not be entering His kingdom but building the ‘kingdom’ of whoever you are following besides Christ. Receiving Christ is the objective of conversion and what He says here is not optional.
According to Christ, “Except” we change in this way, we will not enter God’s kingdom.
Conversion is not some complex process, nor does it transpire through any external means or an adherence to certain facts. It isn’t somehow ‘conjoured-up’ through denominational rituals or dogmas. Nor does it come through technically formulated doctrinal beliefs. Christ is referring to an intimate, personal awakening between just you and God in your heart, soul, and mind, for the purpose of you accepting God’s love – like a little child.
Conversion results in deliberately wanting to turn your life away from your ego or your previous self-serving direction, forsaking even long-held religious beliefs if need be, which do not line up with your new heart. Conversion is in stark contrast to all our familiar, even traditional philosophies and ways of life. It is repentance from falling short of God’s glory in your life – to no longer settle for mediocrity. Though your family and friends will recognize a definite change, unless they’ve been converted themselves, they will not understand what’s happened to you. But you are finally on the road to discovering who you really are in Christ.
Conversion cuts out ‘the middle man’, coming through internal reflection and persuasion.
For Christ is not telling us to do anything but to “be converted, and become” who we really are on the inside – His “little children” – which is expressed in other places as us becoming the sons of God. This is in reference to Sonship or assuming our position as heirs and joint heirs with Christ, a call of complete submission to the Spirit of God within (John 1:10-12; Romans 8:14-17). Before we receive Christ, we are aliens in our minds to the things of the kingdom of God. Conversion is a deep, personal consciousness that inwardly we have always been citizens, with God’s kingdom within us (Ephesians 2:11-22; Colossians 1:21). This new start is necessary on our part in order to acknowledge how much we appreciate all Christ has done for us including His death on the cross.
What then does it mean to be converted? It is realizing inwardly you are someone else – His little child. It is being that child of God who dwells within, becoming more and more conscious and reliant upon your Father. This might not be what you were taught conversion is by your pet teacher, or even what you expected it to be. Yet it’s recognizing what God has placed within us and it’s how God wants us to be. God’s not looking for those who think themselves big shots, but humble children. Like it or not, God always sees how much or how little we are dependent upon Him, because He lives inside us.
Have you started over as a little child the way Jesus tells us to here?
If so, then you’ve been converted. If not, you can receive Christ by being converted the way He taught and have your life placed on the narrow road to entering the kingdom of God. When you get tired enough of your old life and are willing to start over this way, conversion is already underway. Man-made teachings make this seem either unnecessary or more difficult, even confusing and complex. Why not listen to the simplicity of Christ and start over by surrendering to God?
Conversion takes place from the inside out.
It is the beginning of wanting to find out who you are in Christ and what God has in store for you. Conversion is laying yourself down as a living sacrifice by wanting to begin understanding what God’s perfect will is for your life. (Romans 12:1-2) Not much else matters that you’ve learned until this takes place.
Everything changes when we absorb what Christ says here – that we are to just be His little children. Stop trying to correct and change everyone else and quit identifying with who you want others to perceive you to be, and just “be” His little child. Acknowledge God as your Father and place your total dependency upon Him by faith.
Here’s exactly how we are converted to become as little children:
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:4
We are converted and become as little children by humbling ourselves in the sight of God.
While God is everywhere all the time, you and I are intimately in His sight – not occasionally, from somewhere up in the sky. He sees us from within – the very intents of our hearts. This in itself should humble you to no end, that the Omnipresent God of the Universe abides personally in you. Christ is giving us inspiration to possess a lifestyle of humility and submission to Him. Becoming the “greatest in the kingdom of heaven” that you can be, is in direct proportion with how much you depend upon your heavenly Father with this “little child” mentality.
Christ is calling you to change your mind about who and what you are in Him.
Others may have already seen the need for you to change. But unless you see the need for yourself, conversion will not take place. Christ is not telling us it’s our job to humble others nor that we need someone else to humble us. This is something you must do within yourself. This internal persuasion to become as a little child is only effective when it is voluntarily enacted within one’s self. (James 4:6-10)
Becoming great in God’s kingdom occurs when God does the lifting.
How does this happen? When we humble ourselves and see ourselves as He does. What we are in the sight of the Lord is all that matters. Never forget, God is always watching. If you seek this consciousness of your Father as His little child and are humble in the everyday circumstances of life – it’s just a matter of time ’til God lifts you up.
The more humble we are, the further we will go for God in His kingdom.
Understand, humility isn’t weakness, but strength, under control. Being humble is not cowardice, but courage. Put it all in His hands and do what He lays on your heart, while trusting that no matter what happens, it’s always for our good as the Apostle Paul said in Romans chapter 8: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
By having us look at the little child, Christ intends for us to take a closer look to recognize if we see ourselves.
Nothing is happening by accident. God allows and orchestrates every circumstance for your good. When we go through tough circumstances, it’s just like Him putting the little child in front of us saying – “Time to be humble.” If we heed this, there’s really no ‘bad’ circumstances. This is how obstacles or ‘mountains’ can be removed, when we recognize that everything is for our good and nothing is impossible for God. If we walk in humility, what once was considered adversity becomes an invitation to draw nigh unto God.
Our loving Father just wants us looking to Him.
To the dismay of those who essentially believe in a god of poverty and suffering, Christ never rebuked His Disciples for asking about being the greatest. There must not be anything wrong with wanting to be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven – it’s just not what the Bible ‘experts’ taught us – it’s far better!
The key to becoming “greatest in the kingdom of heaven” is thinking less of ourselves in the flesh.
Oh, our ego does not want this, but who cares, it’s what Christ wants that matters now! God knows exactly what He wants for His own children and the more we humble ourselves, the more we should expect. He also knows who will be the most usable and pleasing among His children: he who “shall humble himself as this little child.”
From God’s perspective, when we refuse to humble ourselves, we are preventing opportunities for Him to bless and intervene. Up until now, imagine how many times we’ve panicked, taken matters into our own hands too quickly, or reacted out of fear. However, if we’d waited as a little child, our Father would have stepped in and taken care of business. Humbling ourselves opens us up to God’s supernatural power, with the likes of Enoch, Moses, Elijah, and others.
So rather than constantly over-reacting, realize there are times when you don’t need to react at all.
Instead of making the same mistakes over and over, trust your perfect Father to see you through. Overcome your flesh by looking within, to release the power of the Spirit of God which cannot be defeated. Once you’ve initially aligned with Him by humbling yourself and being converted, then you’re ready to make your stand:
And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. Matthew 18:5
Do you desire to be a representative for God’s kingdom, a co-laborer for Christ? Then be as “one such little one” and humble yourself. Understand, every White man and woman you come in contact with is your brother or sister. We’ve all made mistakes, some bigger than others. But each of us can repent and get on course to what God wants us to be. You can turn your life around and Christ gives you the best way for doing so – don’t worry about it.
While Christ was here upon the earth, He humbled Himself. Why would He want someone who isn’t like Him in this way, representing Him? These verses clarify that Christ only wants those who are humble representing Him. So let us think of ourselves less and start thinking more of our God through serving His people. (Philippians 2:1-8)
Conversion begins within and works its way out through our love and faith.
When it comes to genuine conversion the way Christ teaches – the way up is down and the way to greatness is to consider yourself least. When we do this, needs are met, lives are changed, and our Heavenly Father is glorified!
Being converted and humbling ourselves means we show consideration to our brethren, not intentionally causing them to stumble. We freely give others the message without any force involved. If you’ve been converted, don’t be personally offended when others do not receive you or even persecute you. Ultimately, they are not rejecting you, it is Christ they have not received. This is God’s way because it does nothing to stand in the way of God’s perfect judgment: “Vengeance is mine I will repay saith the LORD.”
Due to the influences of capitalism, White men continually lift themselves up at the expense of their White brethren. White men walk all over one another to get where they want to go – it’s the way of the world. This is how you become greatest in this society, even President of the United States. Yet those who remain full of stubbornness and selfish pride, will go nowhere with God and ultimately, will not represent Him. See your fellow Whites as His precious children and it will take on a whole new light.
There’s a huge difference between being child-like and childish.
Some have got the childishness part down pretty well. It’s going back to being child-like which presents the challenge. Being easily offended, whining, and complaining isn’t at all what Christ is talking about here. Christ is talking about dependency upon our Father and how we relate to one another as fellow Israelites in humility.
As you well know Jesus Christ was God in the flesh. Though He could never give up His Deity, He did set aside certain rights and privileges as God, in order to fulfill His purpose in coming to earth. If Christ was willing to humble Himself, why would we expect it to be any different for us?
Why did He do it? Because it was what was best for everyone else. As we already stated, when you humble yourself, in due time, God will lift you up. Christ’s self-imposed humiliation resulted in resurrection glory! When the Gospel takes hold, it does not make you full of selfish pride as man-made gospels do. To be converted, to become as a little child, to humble yourself is to be willing to do whatever you must to please our Father, just like Christ did. (Philippians 2:9-12)
We wonder why things are so messed up in our families and our race. For far too long we’ve been selfishly lifting ourselves up, claiming our rights, regardless of how it affects our fellow Whites. We must stop Americanizing Christianity and begin Christianizing America. It all begins through each of us humbling ourselves, becoming as little children – being converted Christ’s way.
Though entry begins with conversion, becoming the greatest you can be in God’s kingdom is through dying daily to self.
Thinking too much of ourselves in the flesh is what is destroying our race. Those who refuse to humble themselves have not been converted to Christ and are missing the whole point of the Christian life and Christ’s Example. God is our Father and we are dependent upon Him for everything whether we realize it or not. Become free as a little child by coming under the easy-yoked, lightly-burdened approach toward the Christian life our Saviour proclaims.
It doesn’t matter what we think we know or what we do, if we’ve not been converted, we’re not entering the kingdom.
We must honestly assess the way we view ourselves and the way we treat others. If one must always have his way, if his preferences are more important to him than his brother, then he has not been converted. But if one sees himself as the least, the servant, knowing God controls every circumstance, something special has happened inside.
Christ removes all the pressure from living the Christian life.
Doubtless, if you’ve come to understand race, the complexion of your life is much different. Yet head knowledge alone, especially with an arrogant attitude, does not constitute conversion, any more than being a weak compromiser. This balance begins by embracing our total reliance upon our Father as His little children.
All it requires is your heart.