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.
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!
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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
Children do not come into this world proud. They have no concept of what accomplishment means to them or others.
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)
Children express their feelings and thoughts immediately and purely. They haven’t learned how to mask them from others.
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)
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.
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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