The Simplicity of Child-Like Faith
Life has a way of getting complicated, doesn’t it? Babies eat, sleep, cry and not necessarily in that order! They are not typically perplexed with the weather, world politics or worry. Maturity allows us to take up new concerns, to move from self-centered to God-centred living (providing we have been regenerated by the Spirit of God.)
Jesus pressed His followers to a “child-like” simplicity. When the disciples asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” (an ongoing question they appear preoccupied with on too many occasions), Jesus answered ”Unless you change/repent and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest….”(Matthew 18:1-9)
There is a huge difference between being “childish” and “child-like.” John Newton penned the following hymn on this important theme….
“Quiet, Lord, my froward heart; Make me teachable and mild;
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