Christians tend to get caught up in theological squabbles and when it gets intense, usually someone will chime in at some point with a reminder that the bottom line is to have childlike faith. Sometimes though I think we forget what children are actually like when we use this phrase to describe desired attitudes or attributes. As someone who has been around children for some time now, here are thoughts on relating this verse/phrase to the truth about how (most) children behave.
Children require relationship. We need to always be on a journey in our relationship with God through Christ. We must always be building and working on that relationship. Children also never stop asking questions. We too must never lose our drive to ask questions and mature in our faith.
Questions for further thought:
1. How does the metaphor of God as "father" and us as "children" help us learn how to think of Him and interact with each other?
2. What does accepting the kingdom of God "like a little child" look like to you?
Challenge: Ask God to give you childlike faith and the revelation, rest, authority, and freedom that come from having Jesus Christ as your Lord.
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