“He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.” NIV
The Bible tells of the many instances Jesus showed love to little children. I can imagine everywhere He went He was constantly surrounded by them, while they were vying for a chance to be held by Him, or simply content just to receive His smile. Jesus also used children to illustrate the kingdom of heaven. One day in particular His disciples asked which of them was going to be the greatest in heaven. He replied: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:3) What’s the first word that comes to mind when you think of a child? For me, it’s innocence. There has been much discussion on whether or not a child is born with a “blank slate,” the thought that the majority of their knowledge has to be learned, or if they are born with inbuilt knowledge, already aware of the rules and language of society. Whatever you believe, we can agree on one thing, when a child is born it has no way of taking care of itself; it has to be totally dependent on someone else in order to survive.
Children are a wonderful blessing. I love the way they have such open, trusting spirits. They are also humble and teachable. This is the way of thinking I believe Christ is trying to get across to His disciples when He tells them they must become like children to enter heaven. He’s telling them to erase all of the preconceived notions they are carrying and be as a child who is innocent to the ambitious behavior of trying to get ahead of someone else. Thinking like a child would also cause them to become more open to receive correction and guidance. Children have no choice but to be dependent on and rely on care from others. They rely on their parents to make decisions for them, so becoming like a child also means you have to completely surrender. In order to surrender you give up all control; you yield that control to someone else, you are no longer in charge.
C. S. Lewis observed, “The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become because he made us. He invented all the different people that you and I were intended to be. It is when I turn to Christ, when I give up myself to His personality, that I first begin to have a real personality of my own.” We must become a people whose only desire is that of surrendering to the One who made us.
Please pray with me:
We have the most selfish of hearts. We are in a constant race to determine who has the best car, the best job, the best house, it just goes on and on. Father, remind us that the ultimate control belongs to You. Let us surrender everything we have to You, especially our hearts.
In Your name I pray,