"At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven."
I love this. Seems like so often we're like the disciples here, and we want to know who is the best... we want to know our score compared to the people around us. If we could just get a handle on the particular scoring system, then we could do better, and come out on top. Unfortunately, even thinking about Life or Heaven that way means that we're probably on the wrong track. Christ's answer is interesting... be converted, and become as little children. Humility makes you great. What a thing to hear when you are trying to compete. :) Trying to top someone in humility... yeah, just not going to work.
In becoming like a little child, I think that we have to realize who we are in relation to God. Not as a harsh lesson, but just seeing reality. He's God. He is approximately 900 b'zillion times smarter and wiser than we are. We're really amazing at inflating our egos, but we're talking about God here. In relationship to him, we're lucky to call him Father. We are very small children, just learning to walk... if we're really advanced, we might be up to Kindergarten compared to him. Unfortunately, we act more like teenagers. Maybe we should stop thinking that we know everything, and stop trying to make deals to get our way, and start soaking up knowledge, and asking more questions. :) Our biggest task in this life is to grow up... that's what becoming more like God is. Growing and learning and becoming... mastering tying our shoes and learning to ride a bike. Learning to love people and to be less selfish. Learning to share and to help. Today, let's let go of how important we want to be, and start letting our Father teach us the lessons we need to learn.