January 27/Matthew 18

Verses 1-4 > The disciples weren’t much different from us, always looking out for No.1. When they asked who was going to be the greatest in the kingdom Jesus had to address the pride in them. He said you won’t even get into heaven much less be great unless you become humble like a little child. It is faith in Jesus not pride in ourselves that gets us into heaven. Little children are so trusting. I see this in my granddaughters Vesper and Rylie. If I put something on a spoon and put it by their mouths they open up and receive what I give them. They don’t know what it is. It could be something good for them or poison but they trust me and they take it.

Whatever I tell them they will believe. They aren’t old enough yet to know the truth or tell if I am lying to them they just trust me. They are simple little children. If I tell them God created the heavens and the earth they believe me. In fact they believe anything I tell them. They will receive Jesus as their savior when they get old enough to understand because their daddy, mommy, and grandparents and uncles and aunt close by all have received Jesus as their savior and they model the character of Jesus in front of the little girls. They trust their family.

It is so important that all little children are raised in Christian homes because of their trusting and their simplicity. It is easy to teach them the truth by speaking and by modeling it before them. Jesus always wants us to remain this trusting and this simplistic when we read the truth in our Bibles. We must trust him and believe him all throughout our lives just like little children!

Verses 5-6 > notice how close Jesus identifies with little children it reminds me of this verse >

Acts 9:4–5 (NLT) — 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” 5 “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked. And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting!

O if only all the parents in the world would understand the consequences for not raising their children for Jesus. Parenting is no small thing. What a huge responsibility! God grant us grace and mercy!

Verses 7-10 > Jesus isn’t talking literally to cut off a hand or gouge out an eye. He is making this point > deal drastically with whatever is causing you to sin. Example: If it is television or books or movies or friends, etc,  get rid of them!

If people mistreat children they better be careful because they might have to deal with angels!

Hey Hilltop let’s trust Jesus in 2016 just like little children!

Be Inspired Hilltop!




  1. Mark Gundersen says

    At the end of the chapter we are reminded about the necessity of forgiveness and reminded that what God forgave in us, through Jesus’s death on the cross, is far greater than any amount of foregiveness we have to extend to another. Many times in the new testament we are let know that how we forgive determines how we be foegiven. Possibly unforgiven essential is the one thing that grieves the Holy Spirit most.

  2. Daniel Mueller says

    It absolutely grieves the Holy Spirit!

  3. Shawna Zelinsky says

    When Jesus called the little child, the child came right away to stand by Jesus. The grown-ups that Jesus had preached to did not obey him as well as a little child did. A great Christian will obey like this little child.