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7 Childlike Ways to Be More Christlike || Jesus was very fond of children. So what about being like children will make us better followers of Christ? Here are 7 childlike ways to be more Christlike!

Jesus was very fond of children.

He went out of His way to be with and to bless them. Even using them to teach His disciples the power of being childlike.

childlike: Jesus with children

And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:3)

So what about being like children will make us better followers of Christ? Here are 7 ways!

1. Dependent

Children do not consider the need of provision. They have food, shelter, and comfort provided to them by caregivers, and do not worry about what they will eat, drink, or wear tomorrow.

childlike: child eating

Being childlike helps us to not worry about tomorrow, what we will eat, drink, or wear. We take all of our cares and worries to our Father, and He will provide us what we need.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. (Philippians 4:6)

2. Confident

Children are confident in their parent’s abilities. We are superheroes that scare off monsters and know how to comfort them when they need it.

childlike: child walking with parent

Being childlike causes us to see God as the superhero He is. He is without sin and will never forsake those that place their trust and confidence in Him.

In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence, And his children will have refuge. (Proverbs 14:26)

3. Jealous

Children get incredibly jealous when another child is around their mother or father. They even have difficulty detaching themselves from parents because they have identified as being part of them.

childlike: child reaching for parent

Being childlike causes us to be identified with God. We become jealous and upset when we are not with Him and being doted upon by Him.

I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” (Psalm 16:2)

4. Persistent

Children are so very persistent! They can be quite dedicated to exerting their wills, resisting certain foods and schedules set by others.

Being childlike can inspire us to have overwhelming dedication to God. It doesn’t matter if we don’t make sense or have all the answers, we are set on pleasing Him at no matter the cost.

childlike: feisty child

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58)

5. Impressionable

Children are bare canvases. They look to their parents for direction and understanding.

Being childlike allows us to approach God with the desire to learn and grow. We can gain much from what God teaches us, if we are impressionable.

childlike: child learning

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7

6. Humble

Children do not come into this world proud. They have no concept of what accomplishment means to them or others.

childlike: newborn

Being childlike makes us humble in spirit. We are detached from the negative effects of success and hold steadfast to our lowly place under God’s will.

Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:4)

7. Pure

Children express their feelings and thoughts immediately and purely. They haven’t learned how to mask them from others.

childlike: child laughing

Being childlike prevents us from ignoring or hiding our emotions and feelings; they are there for a reason. By constantly sharing them with God, we allow Him to help us understand and deal with our emotions according to His wisdom.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. (Matthew 5:8)

Being Childlike

Children can be easily overlooked because they lack understanding, experience, and maturity. But Jesus made the crucial point that we are to be childlike in order to see Him and enter into His kingdom.

childlike: playing child

We are to regress back to those 7 childlike ways we had prior to experiencing hardships and hurts. We are to use them to strengthen our relationship with Christ and to grow in spiritual maturity.

And we are to laugh and love more readily. To live life as God intended, making us a beautiful representation of Him and His kingdom for all to witness!

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25 COMMENTS

  1. It seems like your faith walk would be that much easier if we became like little children and trusted wholeheartedly in God. With age and experience, we become more worried and untrusting.
    Great post!

    • I agree, Julie! It becomes a battle to remain impressionable and pure because of all the hardships we may have experienced throughout life. But God can help us with that, so no one should feel like they have to try to become more childlike on their own strength and willpower.

    • Same here, Melissa! But I do think there is a fine line between healthy and unhealthy jealousy. Just as you know from being a therapist, there are children that don’t grow into the understanding that sharing their parents with others is a good and natural thing. As for some Christians, they keep God and His teachings to themselves rather than making disciples of others. We can still be like jealous children, but to be jealous of not spending enough time with God or learning from His ways!

  2. Jesus deeply valued children and tells us multiple times in Scripture to have faith like them. Their ability to trust Him for the impossible is what amazes me the most. I want to be more like them!

    • So do I, Sarah! I often find myself being “too adult”, if you know what I mean? So reminding myself to be more childlike has become a necessary response to stress and worry, and has made a difference in how I approach study and prayer time.

  3. I love this list so much. One of my favorite books is “Tales for the Childlike” by George McDonald. I love it that Jesus gives us the freedoms to have wonder as his children.

  4. This is so wonderful! I love how you broke this down and the images are so adorable! As we get older we start to lose that childlike glimpse, but I think that is the Lords way of showing us that we need Him. Matthew 18:6 tells us just how upset the Lord is when something or someone causes us to stumble in our walk with Him. He loves His children <3 Thank you for this awesome article!

    • Thank you, Stephanie! We definitely need God to help us return to a childlike state of being. And I’ll be honest, it sounds like a lot more fun being childlike instead of being a serious and worrisome adult!

  5. I love this! This is very applicable for my new perspective for the new year! I’m desiring to seek God, and this is a great way to align myself! Complete trust and confidence in our Father strengthens our faith and grows our relationship with Him! Thank you so much for sharing, Jessica! It’s simple, to the point, and extremely powerful! <3

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