Weekly Bible Study #29
This week I want to talk about being like a child. No I don’t mean throwing a fit and being irresponsible, but having a child-like faith. Lets start by seeing what Jesus says about this.
2 Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, 3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
A child depends 100% on his parents to take care of him and supply him with all their needs. As a child your faith in your parents is generally unwavering, as you know that dinner will be on the table each day and that your mother will buy you clothes and supplies for school.
With this in mind the scripture becomes even clearer. To become like children would mean to begin to put our faith completely in God, and trust Him wholeheartedly without any doubt, or any worry because as being our Father and we being His child we KNOW that He is going to come through.
17 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”
Again when I see this I think of how exuberant and excitable children are. Children can express extreme excitement over small things, for example they see a snail for the first time and might say “WOW! It’s a snail! Look at it crawl! That’s so awesome!”
Whereas adults we don’t really care so much.
Truly we should receive the Kingdom of God as a little child, we should receive it with exuberance, and be excited about it. Rather than thinking “yeah that was really nice of you to die for my sins Jesus, thanks”, the mind of child would be blown away and be more like “Wow! Jesus died on the cross for my sins? That’s amazing, thank you so much your my best friend forever!”
1 Corinthians 13:11
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
Here we can get confused because first we are told we need to become like children and then we are told to put away childish things. I believe in order to understand the answer we have to delve into the traits of a child.
As far as trust, faith, and honesty are concerned there is none greater than that of a child as we noted previously. But lets look specifically at what verse 11 points out: speaking, understanding and thinking.
While a child is trusting and honest when it comes to their thought process they have not yet learned restraint. When upset, or when they disagree with something a child might physically throw a fit and be quite vocal in doing so. When you tell a child they cant live on cookies they do not understand the reasoning as to why they cant do this. Their thought process may not quite be mature yet either, then we see this next scripture.
1 Corinthians 14:20
20 Brethren, do not be children in understanding; however, in malice be babes, but in understanding be mature.
So here its laid out pretty well. Do not understand as a child (immaturely), but when it comes to malice be like a baby because Infants don’t know malice yet. And finally in your understanding be mature.
To sum all of this up: Trust God with the faith of a child, be innocent as a child but don’t act like a child.