“…Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matt. 18:3
I’m so thankful God gave me children. They sure do test my patience sometimes, but I know that’s just the Father’s way of using them to refine me and mold me into the image of His Son.
From the interactions we read about in the Bible between Yahshua and children, it’s pretty apparent that he loved them. We are instructed to as well. In fact, we are to become like them.
What are children like? Here are what I believe to be some of the child-like characteristics Yahshua may have been referring to in the above statement.
They believe their parents. It doesn’t take much to convince a child that what an adult says is true—especially if that adult is someone they love and respect. (And unfortunately, we begin telling them lies about Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy at an early age … another post for another day, perhaps.)
As followers of Yahshua and servants of the Most High, we are called to trust and believe our Heavenly Father. Perhaps the phrase “child-like faith” comes to mind.
“Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.” Rom. 4:3
They depend on their parents. Kids count on us to provide for them. Until they reach a certain age, they are not capable of maintaining shelter or putting food on the table. In the same way, I believe we are to recognize that our Father is our provider. Even though we work to put food on our table, ultimately, it’s His blessings—both material and spiritual—that fulfill all of our needs. (Matt. 6: 25-34)
Children are one of those blessings.
“Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” Psalm 127:3
They are humble. We adults can be so full ourselves sometimes. We think we know so much. Until our children open their mouths and say something wiser than Solomon could have conjured in all his years… “Out of the mouth of babes,” right? Matthew 18 continues:
“Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” (v. 4-6)
Zach Bauer has this really interesting theory that the 144,000 spoken of in Revelation could be children. While I’m not sure I agree with that interpretation (Steve Moutria’s theory is pretty plausible too), there’s a small part of me that sort of hopes he’s right. I can just picture it now…
We’re all in the middle of tribulation witnessing great signs and wonders unfold, and it’s our own children who take our hands, calm our fears, and lead us through the wilderness. I know quite a few adults who probably wouldn’t take it so well.
Yet we are called to humble ourselves, repent, and return to Him.
This post is day 36 in my 40 Days of Repentance series. Click here to read day 35.