Matthew 18:1-4 – “At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? 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.”
I love children. They hear everything yet act like they hear nothing. Jesus used them as great examples of faith.
Yesterday, I was told a great story. This year at our church, the ladies’ auxiliary has decided to do an encouragement ministry. We are going to take different themes each month and act on them. And we have invited the congregation to join us in these random acts of encouragement. This month, we are to encourage someone who hasn’t been to church in a while to come back and join us.
Well, one of our younger members, a little boy who is just all boy and sweet as he can be, took this encouragement to heart. I was told yesterday that he invited someone to church that hasn’t been there in a while. Of course, you automatically think child asking child. Nope. He asked one of the teacher’s aides at school that he knew had once come to our church.
Where do we loose this faith? Where do we loose this outgoing love for Christ? Why is it that this little guy can see a need in someone’s life and then boldly go up to them at school and offer them the Solution to the problems in that person’s life and I can’t even ask my neighbors who live beside me to join me on Sunday morning? Adults are supposed to have it all figured out. We are supposed to have a better way of doing things. Obviously, that is not true in all cases.
Children believe without complicated reasons of why. Children love unconditionally. Children live without limits – they have not imposed them upon themselves. Children speak whatever is on their minds. Children rarely care what anybody else will think. Adults could learn so much from them. The sad thing is that we were once those children.
And when it comes to spiritual matters, children love Jesus for no other reason than He loves them. They don’t expect anything from Him. They do what He says, well, sometimes.
Let me encourage you today to be more childlike in your faith. Love with abandon. Listen with your heart. And follow through without hesitation. Be as brave as a child today.