Becoming as little children

“Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, 3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matt 18:2-3

Children are a wonderful thing, for our parents you know this; kids have qualities in them that most adults long to regain or struggle to keep. Children have a innocence about them, they have a curiosity about them, and they have a purity about them that will put most adults in awe. Jesus  in speaking said that we are all to become as “little children” in order to enter into the kingdom of heaven (Matt 18:3).

God has always commanded that those who are Christians are to be pure, Paul reminds the young man Timothy to be an example to the believers in “purity” (1 Tim 4:12), a quality that most children posses, we are reminded that we should be examples in.  When others look at our lives they should be in absolute awe at the purity which is represented in our lives. There are some places that Christians just do not go, and some activities, that although may not be inherently wrong, Christians will not participate in.

Christians are also are expected to have a certain innocence about them in all they do. Peter pens these words “Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless” (2 Pet 3:14). The term “diligent” represents the effort we are to put into being found by Christ, and the terms “without spot and blameless” represent the manner we are to be found in Christ. Innocence does not mean that we have never committed sin, as we know that ALL have sinned (Rom 3:23), but innocence implies that we do not live a lifestyle of sin, or practice sin, and that we have been  obedient to God and therefore cleansed of our former sins.

Christians are also supposed to have a certain curiosity in them. We should be curious in our study of the word of God. The Hebrew writer reminds us that we can not please God without faith  (Heb 11:6), and that we can only develop our faith through our diligent study of the word of God (Rom 10:17).

Children are certainly special, we have some of the best young people ever here at this congregation, it absolutely fascinates me to watch them as they study the word of God and grow in their knowledge of God, but God expects not only our children, but EACH of us to maintain the same qualities. I pray that each of us will seek to maintain our “childlike” qualities in our service to God

Ande Z