Matthew 18:1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 He called a child, whom he put among them, 3 and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
Jesus again reminds us that the kingdom of heaven is very different than our current world. The disciples ask, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven”? Jesus replies, “Whoever becomes humble like children…”. Humility is valued over outward greatness in God’s kingdom.
Yesterday I heard that Billy Graham died. I never met him, but I saw him preach. He wasn’t fancy or flashy in his preaching, but let the Word of God speak for itself. Any of us who preach for a living would do well to imitate him in that.
And as much as is possible for a world-renown evangelist, Billy Graham was said to be humble. He served dutifully and he finished well. I’m reminded of a song by Vince Gill “Go Rest High On That Mountain” in which the chorus includes the following: “Go rest high on that mountain, son your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’, love for the Father and the Son.”
Heavenly Father, receive your servant Billy as one of your own flock. Help those of us who remain on earth to imitate his dedication and faithfulness to the work of the gospel. Amen.