Tuesday – October 22, 2019 – Agreement
Matthew 18:1-5 (NIV) At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
Matthew 18:19-20 (NIV) “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
Have you ever asked a question when the answer was not what you expected and even upset you? That’s what happened to the disciples when they asked Jesus about position. The illustration that Jesus used was strange to their way of thinking. Apparently, they expected His answer to refer to some great biblical hero; someone of prowess, someone who accomplished heroic deeds. Perhaps the Father of the faith, Abraham, or the great leader and emancipator, Moses, or the King after God’s own heart, David. Or even better, maybe one of them. That was not the case. Rather, He brought a little child to be among them. Someone who would not be interested in greatness, someone whose only concern would be receiving what he or she needed. Someone not even considering that they had to earn what God provides freely. Someone with no need to impress. People who would receive God’s favor by grace and not works.
You can’t get more divergent from the world’s way to greatness than this. Unfortunately, we often see more of the world’s system of greatness in the church than Jesus’ way to greatness. We need to make major adjustments away from how the world sees position.
After Jesus brought a child into their midst, He spoke very protectively of all children, showing His concern for them. He does that because there is so much junk to deal with, even among fellow members of the Kingdom; so many offenses that separate rather than draw together.
That is where agreement comes in. We must learn to agree with Jesus’ way of thinking, to His method of being considered great. The problem is, the concept of agreement is misunderstood. It is not mental assent. It is not one mind, meeting with another. Agreement includes deep conviction. A willingness to join forces to see something accomplished; a desire to sacrifice to see what you agree on come to pass. Agreement means allowing yourself to become great according to the definition Jesus provided. It includes knowing that the only way forward is completely relying on God; praying to the Father and watching Him grant the request through your joint efforts.
Imagine what would happen if two or three generations came together in agreement regarding advancing the Kingdom of Heaven according to God’s methods. God promises to be in the midst of a child–like movement like that.
Prayer: Thank you Lord, that You are into greatness as You define it and You will be in our midst when we agree with You.