The Kingdom Upside-down #1 – Matthew 18:1-5
1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “So who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
2 He called a child and had him stand among them. 3 “Truly I tell you,” he said, “unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
> Learn to approach the Kingdom of God like a kid would.
Matthew 18:3 (TPT)
3 [Jesus said,] “Unless you dramatically change your way of thinking and become teachable, and learn about heaven’s kingdom realm with the wide-eyed wonder of a child, you will never be able to enter in.”
7 “Can you solve the mysteries of God? Can you discover everything about the Almighty? 8 Such knowledge is higher than the heavens— and who are you? It is deeper than the underworld — what do you know? 9 It is broader than the earth and wider than the sea.”
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure, buried in a field, that a man found and reburied. Then in his joy he goes and sells everything he has and buys that field.
Proverbs 3:13-15 (TPT)
13 Those who find true wisdom obtain the tools for understanding, the proper way to live, for they will have a fountain of blessing pouring into their lives. To gain the riches of wisdom is far greater than gaining the wealth of the world. 14 As wisdom increases, a great treasure is imparted, greater than many bars of refined gold. 15 It is a more valuable commodity than gold and gemstones, for there is nothing you desire that could compare to her.
> Am I approaching God and His Word like an over-eager child?
3 “Unless you become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” 4 “Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child—this one is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one child like this in my name welcomes me.”
9 Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to the one seated on the throne, the one who lives forever and ever,10 the twenty-four elders fall down before the one seated on the throne and worship the one who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne and say, 11 “Our Lord and God, you are worthy to receive glory and honor and power, because you have created all things, and by your will they exist and were created.”
> The presence of God is the greatest reward anyone can receive.
John 14:15-17 (NCV)
15 “If you love me, you will obey my commands. 16 I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper to be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it does not see him or know him. But you know him, because he lives with you and he will be in you.