"I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."
(Matthew 18:3-4)

Matthew 18:1-6
You may have heard it a hundred times: God sent His Son, Jesus, to save us from sin and restore us to our heavenly Father. Perhaps you volunteer in a Sunday morning children’s program or Vacation Bible School, and you have shared this message often with the next generation.

But is it possible that while you’ve heard and shared these truths, you’ve never applied them to yourself? Many have grown up attending church. They have read the Bible and even memorized large sections. Yet they’re still on the outside looking in at the mystery of salvation.

Regardless of our age, Jesus said we are to come to Him as children. Children rarely worry about their needs. They trust their parents will provide. A little child is completely dependent on his or her parents. Our heavenly Father provides for us,
including our most vital need: the need for a Savior. All He asks is that we respond with the same childlike trust. When we receive the gift of salvation, He calls us to trust Him, not only for eternity, but also for each new day.

About the writer:

Ava Pennington is a Bible teacher, speaker, and author of DAILY REFLECTIONS ON THE NAMES OF GOD: A DEVOTIONAL. She has a Bible Studies Certificate from Moody Bible Institute and teaches a weekly interdenominational Bible study class for 200 women in Stuart, Florida. She also enjoys Scrabble games with her husband and playing with her two boxer puppies. Ava has been a regular Anchor writer for several years.

Scripture Focus

Matthew 18:1-6


Have you personally received a restored relationship with God through His Son, Jesus? Come as a child and accept the gift of salvation He offers!

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