Jesus called a little child to Him and set him in their midst, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like little children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18: 2-3 MEV)
This isn’t a deep revelation, nor anything new today, but just a reminder of something I already knew – that we are called to be “childlike” in our belief in, and relationship with God our Heavenly Father.
What does becoming like little children look like? I looked up the Strong’s reference for the word and there is no hidden meaning, no scrabbling for interpretation – it simply means childlike!
So what is a childlike faith?
For my quiet time, I park the car by a steep slope that brings the local cycle way down from the cliff top on to the sea front and on school days this means there is a steady stream of kids rushing down the slope on their bikes on the way to school. I am always struck by their exuberance, their excitement, abandonment, as they hurtle down the slope and even the teenagers often can’t help letting out a “whoop!” or yell as they free wheel down at high speed! But is that just the part of the analogy to take?
As a parent, thinking about my own children (I’ve got 4), when they were young they were unquestioning in their love and devotion. They were new to this life, unaware, looking to me as someone who knew all the answers. Complete trust. “Blind faith”.
Always enthusiastic. Delighting in the smallest thing that they discovered about the world around them (I could watch a toddler for hours as this is a most delightful stage to observe), fascinated by everything.
Always, always asking questions!
Always seeking. Always exploring.
If they were hurt, they always came to me with complete faith in my ability to make it better. When they were little, this meant just a kiss and a hug truly did “make it better”. A hug comforted enough, soothed enough, even when I couldn’t change what had happened/was happening that made them afraid or sad in the first place.
They are persistent! They always know what they want and are quite determined to get it, unashamed to be selfish, to keep asking. Not taking “no” as an answer if it was to something they really wanted.
They have always been able to ask for “unrealistic” gifts! Especially before they learn the value of money and what things costs, they would happily come to be and ask for the most outrageous things, fully expecting me to fulfill!
How much does that sound like your relationship with God?
How much greater would we understand Him, walk closer to Him, draw most from Him, if we truly became “like little children” when we come to Him?