Children are precious. It still boggles the mind, for me, to hear of people abusing children, whether it is physically in anger or sexual molestation. That also causes me to get a “little” angry down inside. To think a “mature” individual could do harm to a child is beyond my understanding.
Children are trusting, caring, unless they have their minds twisted by twisted adults. Don’t take me wrong; I am not saying children are perfect, but they are young, dependent upon those who are mature, and trust them with their welfare.
Jesus the King loved children and he calls them to Himself. We see an example of that in Matthew’s gospel,
“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. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.” Matthew 18:2-5 (KJV)
In verse one the disciples had come to Jesus and asked, “Who then is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” That is the question many are asking today. Maybe not with words, but in their actions and behavior. Government actions offering more money for their state if they will go along with one thing or another. Men offering their wives more money to stay with them rather than going public with a divorce. Police taking money to turn their heads at crime. It all has to do with someone being the “greatest” in their kingdom.
Upon hearing the question Jesus calls a child to Himself, set this child in the middle of them all and proceeded to tell them who was the greatest. His answers violates the answers that the world system offers us. “Boast of your personal assets and abilities”. That is what the world wants of you and I.
However consider Jesus’s words, “Except you be converted, and become as little children…” There must be a life changing event that has happened in your life which has changed you; particularly becoming a loving/obedient follower of Jesus Christ; and that will give you the heart of a child. Children are loving, trusting, humble; having no personal accomplishments, no real life achievements, in which to commend themselves.
When one is truly converted to Christ they lay all the self accomplishments aside, all their failures, all their sins are put away. The life of faith is growing to become more childlike in faith. In the physical world we grow from childhood to maturity; at least that’s the idea. In the life of Christ we go from being mature in ourselves to growing in childlike faith. From maturity to childhood.
That may sound a bit backwards for some, however, that is the way we are to grow. Into completely trusting our Lord and Savior.
The ones who have this type of faith are the only ones who will even enter the kingdom of heaven.
Put aside, lay aside your achievements and personal accomplishments, and trust the King of kings and Lord of lords who has given His life on the cross for our sins. You can trust Him for your needs. Your greatest need is salvation from the condemnation of this world and sin. Jesus has made the only way possible for salvation.
“Whosoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved” (Romans 10:13)
-Tim A. Blankenship