Read: Matthew 18:1-14 as a Family
Family Activity: Watch London 2012: Gabby Douglas receives an all-around gold medal or another Olympic Medal Ceremony on YouTube.com. Ask the question: “What does it mean to be great?”
In the Olympics, each athlete strived to prove how “great” he or she was in comparison to the others. In that sense, greatness has something to do with being the best, but as you know, the greatest athlete does not always win every contest.
The sense of being great goes beyond just physical ability, but also must encompass something of the person’s character and spirit as well.
The main problem with a person striving for greatness is that it feeds one of mankind’s chief problems: pride. As pride rises and is displayed, true greatness diminishes.
Jesus answers the disciple's question about who will be the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven directly in Matthew 18:4. “Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” The greatest in the kingdom is the one who is the humblest. What is humility? The word means to “make low.” What are somethings you can do to practice humility? Paul described it in Philippians 2:3,4 saying, “do nothing from selfish or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interest, but also for the interest of others.” Take this week to practice humility in your family.
Family Discussion Starters:
- What does this story teach me about God or the gospel?
- What does this story teach me about myself?
- Are there any commands in this story to obey? How are they for God’s glory and my good?
- Are there any promises in this story to remember? How do they help me trust and love God?