In Matthew 18 The Lord Jesus speaks the truth of this chapter in the context of His disciples asking Him who would be the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven. Jesus begins by telling us the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven iws one who humbles himself as a little child.
What does the humility look like?
David expresses this truth in Psalm 131:2 “Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; like a weaned child rests against his mother, My soul is like a weaned child within me.”
Philippians 2:5 tells us “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus.
Jesus himself clearly demonstrated this humility as a twelve year old child, recorded in the Gospel of Luke 2.
Here Luke records Jesus being in the Temple listening and asking questions with the teachers but when His parents found Him, He submitted to their authority and went home.
Jesus attitude towards His earthly parents reflected the posture of His heart towards His Heavenly Father.
This attitude in our hearts is reflected in our attitude towards the work Christ gives us to do in His Kingdom.
You see, the little ones in the Kingdom of Christ are not necessarily physically small children. Rather they are those who are little in their own eyes and are willing to do the menial jobs that are easily overlooked and even despised by those who are highly esteemed among men.
Thence Jesus continues in verse 10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones,”
As we learn to live among those who are least esteemed among men, doing the little jobs faithfully we may notice a little one going astray. We must be willing to leave the ninety-nine and go seek the plus-one who is going astray and perhaps lost. To seek this one out in our fellowship is to have the attitude of Christ.
Then Jesus teaches us to gain those who sin against us with the attitude of one who has been forgiven much. To forgive another as one who has been forgiven much more than what is being required from me, is to forgive from the heart. “Lord, how often shall I forgive my brother?” The standard Jesus gave us of 490 times per day, is not worthy to be compared to the amount of times He forgives us.
If a thousand years is as one day to the Lord, how many times must He forgive even just a momentary attitude of the heart?
Luke 7:47 Jesus tells us, whoever is forgiven much loves much, but whoever is forgiven little, loves little.