Jesus’s disciples had a question for him about who was the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus called a child and placed the child in their midst and stated, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3-4)
Many of us aspire to gain, promotion and prominence and it is a good thing to work to maximise our full potential. Greatness however, requires humility and the life long pursuit, of wisdom and understanding. The understanding that, no matter how learned and educated we are, that there is more that we can learn.
It is a mistake to ever think, that we are in a position where we know enough, or cannot learn from others. The Holy Spirit was sent to us, as a Comforter and Teacher to reveal things we do not know. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. (John 16:13)
It is the fool that says in his heart, that there is no God and who relies on his own wisdom and foolishness as his guide. When Solomon was appointed King, his prayer to God was to gain wisdom, in order to lead and govern the people. God granted Solomon’s request, and also granted him wealth and honour. God also promised Solomon long life, as long as he obeyed Him and walked in righteousness. (1 Kings 3: 5-14)
We have to trust God, in everything that we do and seek his wisdom and guidance, to direct our footsteps. We also submit to wise council, as God will place people in our lives with experience and wisdom, who can offer guidance. We remain humble and receptive, to the leading of the Holy Spirit, and always remain teachable.