And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
A little child is trusting, forgiving and dependent. The disciples had come to Jesus asking who was the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.
The human spirit of competition and elitism seems always to be present, even among God’s people. We are greater than this group because we do this or that and I am more spiritual than they are because I’m different and I do all of this. Jesus’ lesson for the disciples that day was that to be greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven you must have the humility of a little child who is trusting, forgiving and dependent.
Jesus goes on to say that if you receive a little child that is like that you are receiving Him. Not struggling to look, act or be the most spiritual but rather receiving Him who you say you love. That is greatness in the Kingdom of Heaven. Furthermore if you offend a little one that is trusting, forgiving and dependent it is better that a millstone were hanged about the neck, and that they were drowned in the depth of the sea.
It is a serious offense before God to mistreat and offend a little one who is trusting, forgiving and dependent upon the LORD. The world looks very severely upon an adult who mistreats and offends, as it were, a little child. However in the religious world if one outranks the other, you are to conform without question because that must be truth from the Kingdom of Heaven I am giving you, is the attitude.
It is a day to return to where we began our spiritual journey and that is at the feet of Jesus with our eyes on Him and not human beings. Luke 10:40-42, “But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”