photo credit: Kaitlyn Hickey
by Eric Reeder
Follow this as I connect dots....
Jesus was asked, "who is the greatest in the Kingdom"? (Matt 18:1)
This is the question of an orphan nature. The orphan heart is always longing to know its value and is insecure in their status. It's the ongoing battle most live out. Am I good enough, am I important, am I better than them? We can secretly think, "I know I'm better than they are". Compare. Compete. Strive to gain a sense of recognition and worth. It's the "king of the hill" lifestyle - having the need to be seen as better than others and get the credit.
Jesus' reply came from the nature as the Son. His reply wouldn't speak to their question of status. He replied to the reality of their position.....
Key definitions in Matt 18:3-4. Then I'll put it all together:
* turn = repent / change how you're approaching this
* child = young person, but we can easily connect to this "a son"
* humble = reduce your need for status based on what you can obtain
* greatest = to age, eldest / see this as mature
* enter = come into maturity of who you are in Father's heart (sons / sons of the Kingdom)
* kingdom = His place of rule - His rule comes from His heart / His heart is the source of His kingdom (son of His heart / You came from His heart)
Jesus spoke to their/our position in Father's heart that came from His goodness to have us there not our ability to obtain being there.
This is what causes us to abandon the orphan nature and fully live in the secure reality that we are His and there is NO higher status/greatness.
Those in Christ, of His Kingdom, in Father's heart are all sons at the highest position. Therefore there is no one "greater".
Eric Reeder is joined by other leaders of RISEmovement to reveal the heartbeat of The HOPE-filled Gospel.