Like a Child


Truly I say to you, unless you  repent (change, turn about) and become like little children [trusting, lowly,  loving, forgiving], you can never enter the kingdom of heaven [at all]. —Matthew 18:3

Jesus said we should become like little children if we expect to enter the  kingdom of God. I believe that one of the things He was telling us is to study  the freedom that children enjoy. They are unpretentious and straightforward;  they laugh a lot; they’re forgiving and trusting. Children are definitely  confident, at least until the world teaches them to be insecure and fearful. I  can remember our son Danny at the age of three walking through the shopping  mall with Dave and me and saying to people, “I’m Danny Meyer, don’t you want to  talk to me?” He was so confident that he was sure everyone wanted to know him better.

Children seem to be able to make a game out of anything. They quickly  adjust, don’t have a problem letting other children be different than they are,  and are always exploring something new. They are amazed by everything!

Oswald Chambers wrote in My Utmost for His Highest: “The freedom after  sanctification is the freedom of a child; the things that used to keep the life  pinned down are gone.” We definitely need to watch and study children and obey  the command of Jesus to be more like them. It is something we have to do on  purpose as we get older. We all have to grow up and be responsible, but we  don’t have to stop enjoying ourselves and life.

Trust in Him: Take time to  watch children today and learn from them—play a game, adjust to your  circumstances without complaint, let others be who they are—remember what it is  like to be confident and bold and trust that God wants you to be just like  that!

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