'If you don't... become like a child, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.' Matthew 18:3 CEV
Matthew writes: 'At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who, then, is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?" He called a little child to him... And he said: "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven"' (Matthew 18:1-3 NIV).
We can learn a lot from watching little children. They find a way to enjoy whatever they're doing. They're quick to forgive: one moment they're fighting over something, the next moment they're playing happily together. And children don't need to worry about bills, meals or making ends meet because they implicitly trust that those who care for them will provide them with what they need. Children live like they're free: they don't run around feeling guilty and condemned. And that's how we should live too. He's forgiven us, so we don't need to walk in guilt and shame any more.
Through this command, Jesus teaches us: (1) To have simple faith. (2) To pray simple prayers. (3) To be quick to repent and forgive. (4) To ask for God's help and trust he'll answer. (5) To believe that our heavenly Father is good and that 'the Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right' (Psalm 84:11 NLT). With this kind of simplicity in our relationship with God, we'll find ourselves growing spiritually and enjoying him more than ever.
So what now? Today, focus on having childlike faith: trusting your heavenly Father, knowing that you are loved, forgiven and free.
Soulfood: Joel 1-3, Luke 7:24-35, Ps 118:19-29, Pro 15:33