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Become Like Little Children

Matthew 18:3

And he said: Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

My wife and I have five grandchildren. They remind us of when we had little children. Children have a way of trusting – at least until we prove untrustworthy. They will do most anything you ask of them – or at least try it – as long as they feel you are there to catch them or help them or look after them.

I remember my oldest daughter Shelly – when she was two or so. We had gone camping and the campground we were at had a jungle gym type apparatus. She was on the top level and I urged her to jump to daddy. She came to the edge of the platform – her feet were above my head – and jumped into her daddy’s arms. I caught her of course. A year later – we went to the same place and tried the same process. This time she came to the edge and said – but dad I might fall and hurt myself. In a short year – she went from totally trusting her dad to catch her to adding some doubt (by the way – she eventually jumped after some coaching).

Children can be very literal too. When our middle child – Nicole – was playing basketball I instructed the team during a time out that we needed the ball. We had to stop the other team and gain control of the ball. When play resumed – she went directly to the girl that had the ball and took it from her (she was called for a foul). She looked back at me and said – I got the ball dad.

At times we totally trust God and at times we don’t. Here’s today’s passage in partial context. Matthew 18:1–5 – 1 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.

We need to have faith in God like young children typically have in their parents. We need to seek His face and desire His grace – seek His will for our lives and leap into His arms. We need to be willing to say – Yes Lord – here I am – send me.

My dad was one that modeled this for me. He had a thriving business and was attending college in West Virginia – when he responded to God’s call into ministry. He even packed up his family and came to Maryland when the call of God came (at the passing of his father). We need to be like little children and put our trust fully in our Heavenly Parent.

Taking steps of faith takes faith. Not knowing what is next – where our next steps will take us – but knowing it is where God wants us – takes faith. I pray that this Lent coming – as we walk toward the cross – we will walk by faith not by sight.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

January 30, 2018 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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