Becoming Like a Child

 

   Have you ever wished your life away? As an adult we do it quite often by sitting in the office waiting on quitting time, driving faster than the speed limit in a rush to go nowhere, etc. As a child or teen wishing years could go by so you can drive or vote, go to the skating rink etc. Often we find ourselves hurrying up to get older. Then when you get my age, you start wondering where the time went.

   Let me turn your attention to this scripture

Matthew 18:1-4

 ďAt the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,

 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.Ē

 

   As adults, we constantly tell children theyíre too young to do something, which makes them want to grow older quickly. Why then, did Jesus tell us here that we have to become like a child? What did He mean? In talking about a child, I am talking about little children, very young. Letís look at three points of these little ones as to why Jesus would say this.

   The first is due to Humility. They never try to push forward for themselves. They are humble, never caring about notoriety or getting patted on the back for things they have done good. They donít care if they are in first place all the time. Their humbleness is instinctive, they donít have to try for it, and it is not turned off and on like a light switch. They are shy and quiet (for the most part!) around others. Jesus was a perfect example of being humble and having humility. When He came, the Jews had expected a Messiah that ruled with an iron fist. Jesus did anything but. He served others, helped the sick and the poor, and didnít ask for any special recognition, striving not to draw attention to himself. Think of that next time you do a good work and try to get others to notice it so you get praise from them. Keep quiet, and get your reward from God. If you choose to get your recognition from man, the Bible plainly tells us you have received your reward, donít look to God to reward you. You have done it for the wrong reason:

Matthew 6:1-4

1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.

2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:

4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

 

   The second is because of Dependence. This dependence is perfectly natural to them. They donít try to face life alone or try to choose their own destiny. They are content with depending on others that love and care for them. They donít have to have anything superficial. Many times in life, people decide to go do things on their own without involving the Lord. We should depend on Him for everything. A new job, traveling, relationships, buying a new car or house, starting up a business, taking a test, and even going out doing mission work for Him. If you go in to it, thinking it will all work out because you can handle it, have all the answers, and donít need helpÖyou are on a path to eventual failure. You canít just take God and put Him on a shelf only to go to when things are bad. Get to it before things go bad! Pray. Talk to him. Get Him involved and get His blessings and help. Think of this. We are on a team, Godís team. Does a football team go out on the field without their coach, or make critical decisions without him. This is absolutely no different, and is more critical as it is your life choices that can be directed by your Lord and Saviour.

Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me

1 Timothy 6:7-9

7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

 

   The third and final reason is due to Trust.  Because a child is instinctually dependent, they instinctually trust their parents to provide their needs. They donít try to buy their own food, clothes, or maintain a house; however, they never doubt their parents will provide food, shelter, and clothing. They believe and trust that like clockwork, their needs are provided for, never questioning whether or not it will come through. The only worry might be that they wonít get their meal when they think they need it, but a good parent knows there needs to be a schedule. The good parent knows that there is a correct timing for that to happen. Now look at us. Many times, we question God because we ask for something and donít get it when we think we need it. We underestimate God and often give up on Him, but many times, if our prayer were answered in our time versus His, it could cause some other effect that might bring trouble and strife to either us or someone else. We canít see that far out, but God can, and thatís why He answers when He knows it is right. When we give up on Him, we are telling Him, we know better than Him, the Alpha and Omega, Beginning and End, and He should do what we think is best. That would make Him ďourĒ servant, and thatís just not how it should be. When we trust that He will provide, the blessings will be abundant. The Disciples dropped everything and followed Jesus, and He provided for them, He met their needs, not their wants. When a child goes on a trip with their parents, they just hop in the car and go, not caring a thing about money for food, if their clothes are packed, or if they have gas in the car, they just go trusting it will be provided. We should be no different with God.

2 Corinthians 12:9

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

 

   My challenge to you is to be like a child. Have the humility and humbleness to live your life Christ-like. Depend on God for your wisdom, knowledge, and direction. Trust God to provide for you and to answer your prayers in His time. Praise Him when things go good for the blessings, but praise Him during the bad times too for being there to guide you, even if you feel like you are abandoned, for it is in those times, even when we are down, He carries us. Itís in those troublesome times, when we are broken, that we should see how we need to be more dependent on Him, as well as that being a time to make us stronger to overcome something larger down the road that we cannot see.

 

In His Grace,

       Mike Harris Jr.

 

 

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