“Be a Child”

“Be a Child”


Grow up! Be a child!


Yep. That’s exactly

what Jesus was saying. It’s included in a discussion He was having about

humility. But why? Unlike adults, children have no illusions of being in

control. All the adults around them are taller, bigger, and stronger. Adults

tell them when to wake up, what to eat for dinner, and whether they can watch

the movie they want to watch so badly. Sometimes it may seem like children are

in control, but they’re not, and they know it.

We, as adults, cannot

go back to the innocence of childhood, because we have been so influenced by

the world around us. We can, though, recognize that we are in the same

situation. So many things around us are completely out of our control, but we

can know that God is using it all to accomplish His purposes (Romans 3:23). So,

the next time you see a child, look into his or her eyes. See the wonder, the

magic, the innocence, the humility of childhood, and strive to duplicate it in

your spiritual life. For, without it, we will “by no means enter the kingdom of

heaven.” (Matthew 18:3)