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Matthew 18:1-14

Matthew 18:1-4 “At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven, Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven,”

 Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? Of all the questions I may have for Jesus this is not one that would be on my top 10 list and possibly not on my list of questions for Jesus at all. I do ask, at times, if I am good enough, am I doing enough, doubting what GOD has created.

I don’t know why the disciples came to Jesus and asked this question, but it may have been out of fear. Fear that they weren’t good enough, fear that they needed to do more, fear that they would be left behind.

Fear causes me to do crazy things. It causes me to doubt the love of my wife, it causes me to doubt the job that people I work with are doing, it causes me to close off those around me. Fear causes me to do crazy things and Jesus says it prevents me from entering the kingdom of heaven, where I know there is nothing to fear.

And yet the disciples asked Jesus “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” They asked Jesus face to face. Rather than basking in the peace that passes all understanding they had to figure out if they were in.

Have you ever thought how you would be if you met Jesus? Have you ever thought how you would be if you knew Jesus?

There is song by Chef’ Special called “In Your Arms” that has a chorus that goes…

From the day that I met you, I stopped feeling afraid

In your arms I feel safe, in your arms I feel safe

From the day that I met you, I stopped feeling afraid

In your arms I feel safe, in your arms I feel safe

As I get older and as I have time to get to know Jesus better I am starting to realize that he has the whole world in his arms and that includes me… and it includes you. Jesus doesn’t mind our questions, he doesn’t mind our fears or our worries or our doubts. Jesus loves me and Jesus loves you just as you are and welcomes us into his kingdom here on earth without fears, without worries, without doubts.

Precious Father, Loving God, Holy Spirit, help us to know we are in your arms and we are safe. Help us to let go of our fears and love. Love you, love our neighbor, love those who hurt us, love our enemies. Help us Lord to love every child, woman, and man on this earth! AMEN!

Jim Dietvorst

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