As a Little Child

When Jesus' disciples asked him, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" his answer must have been startling in its rebuke to the selfishness which had caused them to dispute as to which of them should hold the highest place. Calling a little child to him and setting him in their midst, Jesus said, "Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." To bring the lesson home yet more plainly, Jesus went on to say, "Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven."

Jesus here presented the first requisites to progress heavenward. Unless you are converted and become humble as a little child, you cannot enter into God's kingdom! To the material sense of things what could seem more difficult of accomplishment than to attempt to meet these demands? Steeped in the pride and arrogance of its own claim to self-sufficiency, material sense objects strenuously to the necessity of conversion. It does not wish to be transformed, and therefore resists whatever demands the humility needed for such complete regeneration. It claims heaven to be possible without either conversion or humility. Christian Science exposes all such falsity by bringing to the attention of mankind the simple fact that the kingdom of heaven is God's government realized and demonstrated; and what but childlike humility could ever enter "the realm of unerring, eternal, and omnipotent Mind," which is the way Mrs. Eddy partially defines this kingdom of heaven on page 590 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures."

Lecture in The Mother Church
November 10, 1923

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