At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.
What was His good pleasure? It's to whom He reveals and hides. God reveals Himself to some but He hides himself to the others. Why? the answer is in the "little children". Are they actually little children? We mean, are they actually small in size and stature like children below 12 years in age? Are they immatured like them? Are they playful like them? Are they naughty like them? No, the thing the Lord Jesus Christ was saying here was that they are those who are humble like children. Unless you are as humble as a child who wants to learn, you will never learn. He was talking about the attitude you need to have in order to learn the things of God. You must be humble like little children always, if you want to enter God's kingdom in Christ. You must be humble like Christ Himself and not show or produce your worldly degree or doctorate in hermeunatics, fanatics or lunatics, in order to enter God's kingdom in Christ. God hides secrets of His kingdom from the so-called wise and learned of this world. Whom are you trying to deceive here? There are no short-cuts with God. You don't spend three or more years within four walls and claim you know everything about God. That's not God. He won't reveal his secrets that way, that I know. It's not sacrifice He is looking for. He is looking for obedience. Now, He is looking for obedience to everything Christ had commanded. Are you doing that? If you are doing that ,good! If you are not, you'd better be afraid. It might require years of proven obedience through much trials and testings of your faith, It's not that simple or easy, can't you see it? He reveals Himself only to those who are as humble as Abraham, Moses, Daniel, Paul and the rest of the prophets, kings like David, and the apostles and other ministers of God recorded in the Bible. Your worldy qualifications can never help you in your walk with God. The attitude of your heart will. These men were tried and tried of their faith in God sufficiently. We don't have to talk about the Lord Jesus Christ here because, He left everything in heaven and lowered Himself to be found among lowly man in human form, even though He was the Son of God. What other form of humbling of self can there be?
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same attitude of mind Christ Jesus had: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a human being, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death-- Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.