Summary: Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you change and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3) What does it mean to go before God as a Child?
What does it mean to go before God as a Child?
Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you change and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3)
There is a secret complicity between the kingdom of God and a child. One day, the twelve apostles were arguing about who was the greatest (Mark 9:33-37). Jesus guessed what they were talking about and said some surprising words that turned their whole outlook upside down and called it into question: “If someone wants to be the first, they will be the last of all and the servant of all.”
He then did something that corresponded to his words. He took a child, placed him in the middle of that gathering of future leaders and said to them, “Whoever welcomes a child like this one in my name, welcomes me.” Jesus identified himself with the child he had just taken into his arms. He affirmed that “a child like this one” represents him best, so that welcoming such a child is equivalent to welcoming him, Christ. Other day, people brought children to Jesus so he could bless them. The disciples were displeased. Jesus got upset and told them to let the children come to him. Then he said, “Whoever does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will certainly not enter it” (Mark 10:13-16).
God seeks a childlike mildness and meekness, a jubilant childlike heart … and a childlike faith. Faith builds character, and the process starts when you are a child. Without faith, we cannot please God. (Hebrews 11:6) Did you know that from the beginning God’s purpose in creating human beings was to welcome them into His family? This is why God created us” in His image, and likeness” (Genesis 1:26). The apostles John tells us, “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1)
To go before God as a child is to go before God stripped of our sins and doubts, full of wide-eyed inspiration that comes from total love and trust. Adults have a tendency to become cynical with age, while a child has yet to be touched by the concerns of the world. But the older we get, the more “hurdles of doubts and concerns” we tend to place in front of us. Sin separates us from God. It also hinders us from enjoying the love of God. To become like little children, sinners must be born anew. Conversion makes men like little children.
What Qualities Does a Child Have?
A child is innocent.
A child is dependable.
A child believes without complication.
A child has no preconceived notions of the world.
A child loves others without bias.
A child is feeble and humble.
A child is content in the little things.
A child has the faith to move mountains.
A child is awed by majestic splendour.
A child takes to heart God’s Word in all its simplicity.
A child is creative, cheerful and affectionate
A child trusts without reflecting. Children cannot live without trusting those around them. Their trust is not a virtue; it is a vital reality. To encounter God, the best thing we have is our child’s heart that is spontaneously open, that dares simply to ask, that wants to be loved.