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Childlike

Posted by Daniel Tse on

When was the last time you awakened early in the morning with fresh eyes and a beaming smile, ready for the day with a full and expectant heart? “I would love to have that feeling…”, you perhaps think to yourself, “…maybe when I was eight years old…?”.

I think you’re right; when you were a kid, when you were not weighed down from the many cares in your heart, true? The big things in life were all taken care of. A single lick of ice-cream can make it a beautiful day!

Jesus said in Matthew 18:3, unless you turn and become like little children, you will never enter the Kingdom of God! With our belief in Jesus Christ comes the willingness and the need to turn (repent) AND become like little children!

When you think of being a child, these words might come into your mind: ignorant, naive, immature, unwise etc, although these characteristics could be partly true, here in Matthew 18:3, Jesus is talking about being like of a child; willing to play with everyone - loving! Not holding a grudge - forgiving! Following whatever the parents say (well most of the time) - being trusting!

I remember my oldest son Ryan when he was 3 years old, one day I took him to the pool and standing inside I asked him to jump to me, (he didn’t know how to swim then), at first he was a bit hesitant, but after a little bit of reassurance, he ran with his little feet and launched forward fixing his eyes on me with a bright smile! I caught him with ease, he was safe and enjoyed experiencing joy and laughter that day!

Jesus is instructing us to turn away from our old way of life; not loving, not forgiving, not trusting in Him. Unless we turn and become childlike, we will not be free from bitterness, anxiousness and the lack of security in life. Jesus wants us to be care-free, have true joy and experiencing the Kingdom of heaven right here, right now.

Would you pray & ask God to show you how?

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