with notes by Pastor Chuck Smith
The disciples were arguing about who would be the greatest in the kingdom, when Jesus called a little child over and said that "whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of god."
Jesus taught that the way up was down, and the way down is up. "whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted" (Luke 14:11). If you want to be great in God's kingdom and if you want to be successful in His eyes, be a "servant of all" (Mark 9:35).
It's interesting how so often the LORD reveals an overall plan, but yet many times there is an interval of time before God works out that plan. Sometimes in that interval of time, we get a little impatient and take things into our own hands. Doesn't God want me to go to Rome? Well, let me figure out a way there because the LORD told me I had to bear withness in Rome. But the LORD has His ways of fulfilling His purposes in our lives. And we've got to watch our impatience because so often we get ahead of God.
When Jesus said, "You are going to bear witness of Me in Rome," you can be sure Paul was going to get to Rome. Now Paul probably wasn't planning to get there the way he did. He was probably planning on paying his own transportation. Instead, he got to Rome courtesy of the Roman government.
It is amazing to me that God is thinking of me. And yet we are told here that His thoughts toward us cannot be counted. God is continually thinking about you, His child.
Pasm 139:17-17 says that God's thoughts toward us are more than the grains of sand by the seashore. He is the Lord over all creation, yet He is so mindful of each of His creatures. Jesus said that He cares about the hairs of your head and the sparrows that fall (Luke 12:5-6). He is thinking about you RIGHT NOW!