Let's Talk About Being Childlike

by Melissa Slocum

Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for teachers, to encourage conversation and reflection in your Bible study group. Each “Let’s Talk About” activity can be used at any time during your meeting and lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.

Today, let's talk about...

THE HEART OF A CHILD

 

Matthew 18:1-4

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

Then he called a little child over to sit among the disciples, and said, “I assure you that if you don’t turn your lives around and become like this little child, you will definitely not enter the kingdom of heaven. Those who humble themselves like this little child will be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Key Passage:

Then he called a little child over to sit among the disciples, and said, “I assure you that if you don’t turn your lives around and become like this little child, you will definitely not enter the kingdom of heaven.” —Matthew 18:2-3

 

Commentary:

The disciples wanted to know which of them Jesus liked the best and who would be assigned to the powerful roles in the new kingdom once Jesus was gone. But Jesus’ solemn response warned them to turn away from their self-righteous thoughts and instead become humble, teachable, unassuming, curious, and obedient like the child he put before them.

 

Questions to Discuss:

What is the difference between being childlike and childish?

We all know what it feels like to want to grow up quickly. But what are some problems with learning too much too soon, or being given too much responsibility too soon?

What would have been the advantages and disadvantages of Jesus knowing his true identity as a child?

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