The spirit of a child


Mark 9:37 (ESV): 37 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”


Jesus and his disciples were traveling to Jerusalem, where soon he would be arrested and crucified. The disciples were afraid as Jesus resolutely set his face toward Jerusalem.

Ironically, however, they began to argue who was the greatest among Jesus’ disciples. Jesus stopped them and taught them that the first must be the last and servant of all.

Jesus then took a child and placed him before them as an illustration, saying the highlighted words.


We often think that sophistication, strength, wisdom and more are the pinnacle of success. But Jesus says we must instead recognize our weakness – become like children, recognize our lack of understanding – become like children.

In our culture today, however, our children are taught to become sophisticated, powerful, and smart. Media often pictures children as smarter than their parents.

Do we know what it means to have the spirit of a child anymore?


Heavenly Father, please help me to have the spirit of a child – humble, willing to learn, understanding my need of you. Amen.

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