“And said unto them, Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great.”
The sister passage of the verse above is found in Matthew 18:3 where it says, “…Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” It was in these verses that the disciples were squabbling with each other over who would be the greatest in Christ’s kingdom. It was at this point that Jesus took the opportunity to teach them that the mindset they needed in the ministry is the child’s mindset. Jesus understood that the ministry will not go forward and prosper through reaching the lost if Christians are fighting each other over who will be the greatest. When you consider the child’s mindset, there are several characteristics that you must have as you serve the LORD.
First, a child is eager to be around the Saviour. A child is not fighting for position because they understand they are a child. God never uses the Christian who is more eager to fill position than they are to be with the Saviour. Your joy in the Christian life should come from spending time with Jesus, not lording over people with your position. When you become position focused, you will hurt people in order to obtain or keep your position. If you want the Saviour to use you, you must refocus your joy on the privilege of being with the Saviour.
Second, a child is dependent upon the Saviour. A child knows that they must get whatever they need from their parents; likewise, the Christian must have the mindset that they will only get what they need from Christ. When you are focused on position instead of being with the Saviour, you will use your position to get what you want in life. The mindset Christ wants for the believer is to be totally dependent on Him so that they can help others instead of hurting them.
Third, a child is trusting of the Saviour. It is amazing that when Jesus called the child to come to Him, the child didn’t fight the Saviour; rather, he was trusting that the Saviour knew how to care for him. Christian, you must have that mindset that Christ knows what is best for you. You will never be used greatly by God if you question everything the Saviour is doing in your life. You may not understand why you must go through the hardships you face, but you must be trusting of the LORD that He knows what is best for you. The greatest Christians don’t fight with the Saviour, but they trust Him and His Sovereignty to know what is best.
Fourth, a child looks to please the Saviour. The child who came to Jesus did so with the attitude of pleasing Him. If you want the LORD to use you greatly, you must do everything with a desire to please Him. Your prayer every day should be one to ask the Saviour to guide you to do whatever He pleases. It is this mindset that Christ wants you to have. Before you do anything, ask yourself if Christ would be pleased with what you are about to do. Pleasing the Saviour should be the consuming mindset of the believer.
Let me ask you, do you have a child’s mindset? You will never be used greatly in the Christian life until you acquire it. Don’t let your flesh be the influence in your mindset, but let the simplicity of a child’s mindset be the mindset you have as you serve the LORD.