What does being"childlike" mean?
When I started looking up the definition of the word ‘childlike’. I was surprised at the words associated with "childlike." Words like; gullible, naïve, unsophisticated, and inexperienced. I began to think about the purpose of this blog and its aim of it when other words showed up on the list. Words like; simple, innocent, uninhibited, and unworldly.
Children are important. Children are the future of the church and our world.
Their spirit isn’t marred by the world around them, nor is it seeking out the evil in the world. They seek the love the world has to give. They see the storm brewing in the clouds because they can’t wait for the rainbow. They see the simplest things like rocks and twigs, and all of a sudden it’s something bigger and better than what it was before. They see the world as God sees us - funny, forgivable, and loved beings. Imagine if we looked at the world as a child. Seeing the storm, but knowing there’s a rainbow. Seeing the mundane and simple, but knowing they could be something great.
"People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it. And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them." Mark 10:13-16 (NIV)
God loves those of childlike faith. He loves to teach them, show them what He sees, and bless them.
It’s simple. Children teach you how to have a faith where you are allowed to dream big dreams, ask God for the big and little things, and approach God in humility and love. Children teach you that the world can be big and scary, but we can have friends to help us. They can teach us more than anyone if we let them. Still, they can break our hearts for the hurting and the lost. There are children who won't grow up in a church or know that Jesus loves them. Those children make you determined to reach the lost.
In Luke 10, Jesus sent seventy-two of His followers ahead into the towns He was going to go. He instructed them on what to do and not to do, and then sent them out. They didn't question Jesus or doubt that they could do mighty works in His name. They took Him at His Word and believed with childlike faith. As a result, all seventy-two of them returned to Jesus saying that "even the demons submit to us in your name" (v.17). That is the power of childlike faith. Even the demons submit when you choose to take Jesus at His Word and believe in faith that you can do all things through Him who gives you strength.
“At that same time, Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, and he said, “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from the those who think themselves wise and clever and for revealing them to the childlike. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way.” Luke 10:21 (NLT)
Today, see the world like a child. Love those who need loving, and bless people with kindness and hope. Spread the message of Jesus, even when it is challenging.
See the storm, but believe in faith for the rainbow.
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