Matthew 18:3 (KJV) “..Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. (v4) whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
When we think of little children thoughts of sweetness come to mind, precious, innocent, loving, caring, dedicated, sincere, and dependent to name a few characteristics. A child has no fear, only what they have learned from the parents or their environment. A child is confident when they call or cry we will attend to their needs ; and we do. A child learns from their parents or environment and mimics their parents or what they are accustomed to seeing on a daily basis. A child is a 24/7 constant learning machine and depends on their parents for love, support, encouragement, security, nourishment, discipline, and protection. Children always seek their parents approval, and love. Little children are the apple of the parents eyes and the parents are the apple of the little child’s eyes. A little child has perfect trust in the parents. No doubts when it comes to what the parent or loved one will do for them.
So, when the scripture in Matthew 18:3 instructs us to become as little children or we shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven; what does that mean to you? I have been thinking about this ever since we had a teen lesson that revolved around trusting in God and He gave me some thoughts around how we are to become as little children so we make sure to enter into the kingdom of heaven. All of our lives we struggle to be independent when GOD wants us to be dependent on him. Prayer is a language of dependence. So, for me this is how I break it down if we are to become as little children.
- The only fear we should have as children of God is of God and not doing HIS will.
- WE need to rest in the assurance that when we call or cry out to God; HE HEARS US and will attend to our needs.
- We need to mimic Christ like behavior. Learn of HIS ways and repeat HIS ways – not our fleshly ways. Remember we are spiritual beings having a human experience.
- We need to be ever mindful of Christ, the kingdom and what our purpose is on this earth.
- We need to DEPEND on GOD!
- He loves us, encourages us through the WORD, provides for us, protects us, and yes disciplines us when we need correction. Discipline is a form of security for a child.
- We need to seek GOD. His approval and share HIS love with others.
- We need to always keep God #1 in our life and trust HIS word. His WORD will never fail us. It is the living WORD of GOD. Living because each time we read it is speaks to our hearts differently depending on the situation or need at the time.
- We will not doubt God’s word or what HE says HE will do for us. IT is the TRUTH and HE cannot lie and will not lie. So if God says it WE can believe it.
Some Christian characteristics we need to possess in the eyes of God are: precious, innocent, loving, caring, dedicated, sincere, and dependence on GOD, HIS WORD, and HIS SPIRIT. The WORD (Jesus Christ his son) made flesh to come and live among us to help mankind and keep us from destroying our own selves. Jesus became the sacrifice, the lamb, the burnt offering to take our place on Mt. Calvary that day, so we HIS children can have the hope of eternal life in the kingdom of heaven. We were worth saving! Jesus wanted to save the remnant that was worth saving.
We are all on this journey together. We need to encourage and support one another along the way and not tear down, but build up each other and build up the Kingdom of God. Love on people! Show them they are not alone, we all go through the same struggles and insecurities in life.
If you are at a starting over place – YAY – you get a second chance to make it right! Some people do not get second chances! DO IT RIGHT this time! Or it might be at a third or fourth chance! YAY YAY! Something special is in store and we are worth SAVING!!!! Get on the train! Quit sitting on the sidelines! So, what if it did not work right the first time, we all learn from our mistakes, move on, and GOD increases our faith each time! How many times did Abraham Lincoln run for office until he was finally elected president? How many times did it take to make the cleaning solution 409? We all learn and accomplish our goals through trial an error. The hardest thing to do it NOT GIVE UP! KEEP TRYING!
LISTEN UP! Are you WHOSOEVER? Because whosoever believes that Jesus Christ is the son of God and HE died for your sins, shall not perish, but have everlasting life – John 3 : 16.
LET GO and LET GOD! HE WILL MAKE A WAY! HE IS A WAY MAKER! LET HIM MAKE A WAY FOR YOU! HIS ways are NOT our ways – Thank the LORD!