Matthew 18 New International Version
The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven
18 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
Jesus, Friend of little children,
be a friend to me;
take my hand, and ever keep me
close to thee.
Teach me how to grow in goodness,
daily as I grow;
thou hast been a child, and surely
thou dost know.
Step by step, O lead me onward,
Upward into youth;
Wiser, stronger, still becoming
In Thy truth.
Never leave me, nor forsake me;
ever be my friend;
for I need thee, from life’s dawning
to its end.