Like a child

Matthew 18:3-5 says:

And he said: “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. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”

In this passage, Jesus is calling us to have a child-like faith. How can we have a child-like faith? 

Like a child, our hearts should be pure and without deceit. If any of you have ever been around a child, they don’t hold back the truth. I work in an elementary school, and just a couple weeks ago, I got a drastic haircut. The opinions of my second graders were not withheld from me. I’m not saying that we should all go around and tell each other what we think of people’s hair, but in our hearts, we should be honest and true about our motives and intentions. 

Children are often regarded as in a lowly position. They have to look up to the guidance of others, and do what they are told. Like a child, we should practice humility and look to God for guidance. 

We should also be trusting like a child. Do you remember believing in Santa Clause? Christmas morning there would be presents from the man in the red suit. There was no questioning how he accomplished such an impossible feat; there was just faith. It seems crazy now, as an adult, but God calls us to a similar faith. It doesn’t matter how he does it; it doesn’t matter if it seems impossible. It’s going to happen because He’s God. 

It’s difficult to go back to that child-like mindset. Day-to-day the stress gets more overwhelming, the situations seem more impossible. We’ve been tainted by this world. It’s only going to get worse, but God still calls us to be like little children. Even when your scared, your daddy (your Heavenly Father) has you. He’s going to take care of you. It’s going to be okay. 

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