Invitation to the Kingdom - Embrace Childlike Faith

The Profound Call to Childlike Faith

DAILY DEVOTIONS

11/8/2023

Invitation to the Kingdom - Embrace Childlike Faith

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Matthew 19:14

In these words, Jesus shows us how significant it is to have a faith that's like a child's. He wants us to come to Him with a heart that's simple, full of trust, and filled with awe, just like how children do. This means we should approach Him with a pure and uncomplicated faith, believing and trusting in Him with all our hearts. Jesus wants us to understand that children have qualities that are really good for those who believe in Him. Please note, in this text, Jesus does not resemble a child with every child, but rather Jesus knows His audience. His audience knows which child, Jesus is really talking about? He resembles here with a Child who is always awakened to accept the teachings of Christ and make His teachings a walk of life. This is the reason this specific portion comes in between the two portions. The first relates to His teachings and the other comes to make it your walk of life. So, it does not mean here that I need or anyone needs to be like a three-year-old baby, but rather who listens and obeys Jesus' teachings. If Heaven is meant for every child, it means that grown-up believers should try to be more like children, which is wrong. So, how can Christians do that? To become more childlike in our faith and obedience, we can look at what Jesus says about children and explore other parts of the Bible that talk about this. What exactly did Jesus say about children, and what can we learn from it?

We can see in Matthew 18:3, Jesus said, Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. In Books of Psalm 131:2, it is written, But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. The Bible teaches us that having faith like a child is the way to enter the kingdom of heaven. It means we should leave behind our pride, doubts, and all the things that make things complicated. Instead, we should come to God with a heart that is humble and full of trust to obey His commands. This simple and childlike faith and obedience is what leads us to God's kingdom.

Think about a child who, without any hesitation, rushes into the loving embrace of their parent. They seek comfort, love, and safety in their parent's arms. More than this, we should come to our Heavenly Father with strong trust and a heart that's ready to completely give itself to Him. Just like a child runs to their parent, we should come to Jesus our Lord Jesus Christ with more than this kind of trust and surrender.

Let's dig into some questions with clear answers from the Bible;

Am I approaching God with the simplicity and trust of a child? 

Yes, we should approach God with the simplicity and trust of a child. In Matthew 18:3, Jesus said, "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." This means we should have childlike trust when we come to God, just as a child believes in their parents.

Have I let go of pride and doubts in my faith journey?

To let go of pride and doubts in our faith journey, we can turn to Proverbs 3:5-6, which says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding." This reminds us to rely on God rather than our own wisdom, which helps us overcome doubts and pride.

How can I cultivate childlike faith in my relationship with God?

To cultivate childlike faith in your relationship with God, consider Matthew 11:25, where Jesus said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth because you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children." This encourages us to approach God with a humble and open heart, seeking to understand His teachings with great obedience.

Do my actions or attitudes hinder others from coming to Jesus?

In 1 Corinthians 8:9, we are advised, "But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak." This reminds us to be mindful of our actions and attitudes, making sure they do not discourage or cause others to stumble on their journey to Jesus.

We still have some time, so here's one final question. How can I embrace childlike humility and trust in our spiritual walks that Jesus wants?

In James 4:10, it says, "Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you." To embrace the childlike humility that Jesus wants and trust, we should be humble before God, recognizing our need for His guidance and allowing Him to lead us. Trust that He will lift us up and guide us in our spiritual walk with simplicity and humility.

Think about a parable in the Bible where a woman needed help from a judge. The judge wasn't fair, but she didn't stop asking for help. This story takes our attention in Luke 18:1-8. It teaches us about the strength of not giving up, which is like how a believer doesn't give up easily. It shows that we should keep talking to God through prayer, even when things are tough and our prayers do not seem to be answered quickly. This parable also reminds us that, unlike the unfair judge in the parable, our God is always fair. So, we can trust God and keep talking to Him in our prayers, knowing that He listens and cares for us, and He will do what's right.

Let's focus on our Savior, Jesus Christ. He's open and friendly to everyone and answers those who listen and obey His commandments. He shows us how much God loves us and forgives our mistakes. He wants us to trust Him more than a child trusts a loving parent. The Holy Spirit is a powerful helper who makes this clearer to us. It's like having a friend by your side who guides and supports you in your journey with God. When the Holy Spirit is with us, we can have the strong faith and obedience that Jesus wants. This makes us feel really close to God and helps us trust Him completely.

In a world where things can get confusing and people often have questions, we can show others the beauty of having a great and strong faith. This kind of faith can encourage people to come to God with open hearts, which gets them prepared to do so, and be filled with wonder and curiosity about God's love and goodness. Our faith can inspire others to trust God with their whole hearts and feel the same sense of wonder and excitement about their relationship with Him.

Children were important in the past, and they still are today. They bring meaning to our families. However, the Bible has guidance on how we should treat children and how we can learn from them. We are all considered God's children, as we rely on Him like a child depends on a parent. By humbling ourselves and trusting in Jesus in every aspect, we become part of God's family to show His Kingdom on this earth.

Let’s pray. Heavenly Father, help us to approach You with trust and obedience like a child. May we embrace this faith, that removes every hindrance, and be beacons of Your love in this world to show your kingdom. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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