“Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” - Matthew 18:4
A little child is Jesus’ example for humility. I have found that a little child, when looking at a grown up, is intimidated by the sheer size of the person. The child tends to be afraid and awed especially if it is a man. Get down on your hands and knees and then in approaching the child they are far more responsive. You have come down to their level and then they feel less threatened.
To humble oneself is not just a matter of a physical position – like the small boy said after his observation of a man who only knelt on one knee, “God will not hear him because he is only kneeling on one knee.’’
Humility is a matter of the heart. As you examine your attitudes and motives, ask yourself, am I boastful, arrogant and self-centered” – look at a child Jesus says, and emulate their example.
To humble yourself you should not think more highly of yourself than you should. To humble yourself is something you must do yourself, others cannot do it for you. Be as a child, trusting, dependent upon someone bigger than himself - someone to help guide, instruct, support and provide.
Jesus depended totally on His Father. He never did anything without His approval. Today, be as a little child and exemplify the humility Jesus says we should possess, and you will be one of those who are great in the kingdom of God.
Dear Lord Jesus thank You for Your help today for without You I can do nothing and am nothing. I choose today to be as a child in humility and to be totally dependent on You and submissive to You. Forgive me for wanting to have my own way so many times, but today I will humble myself and serve You with all of my heart.