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In What Ways Should We Become Like Little Children

In Matthew 18:3, Jesus says, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” I think this verse suggests that in order to enter the kingdom of heaven, we must have a simple, innocent, and trusting faith like that of a child. It may also imply that as we grow older, we become more skeptical, cynical, and less trusting. Being skeptical, cynical, and less trusting makes it harder for us to connect with God.

What Traits of Little Children Should We Embrace

Faith of a Child

Children may believe in things they can’t see or understand, such as Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, or the Tooth Fairy. They understand that the wind exists, they feel it against their skin but can’t see it. Some children have an invisible friend they talk and play with. This ability to believe in unseen things can be transferred to a belief in God, who is unseen but always present.

Trusting Like A Child

Have you ever told a child that you would take them to get an ice cream cone? You said it, therefore it must be true. Children trust and rely on their parents to provide food for them and keep them safe from harm. They don’t understand all the complexities of life, but they trust that their parents will take care of them. Don’t ever make the mistake of thinking they forgot that ice cream cone, they’ll remind you every five minutes until you fulfill your promise.

Childlike Wonder and Joy in Life

Have you ever watched a child’s eyes light up with excitement? Take them to the ZOO and watch their eyes as they see a Tiger up close. See how they are in awe of the ocean on a trip to the beach. Children will dance in delight when they see snow start to fall from the sky. Just as children are easily excited and filled with wonder at the world around them, so should we approach life with a sense of awe and appreciation for its beauty and goodness. Take a few moments to look out your window, and be in awe and wonder at God’s creation.

Childlike Humility

Children aren’t burdened with ego and pride like a lot of adults, and they are more willing to learn, grow, and admit when they are wrong. They seem willing to forgive and forget and don’t hold lifelong grudges. Children can show us the power of forgiveness. They don’t seem able to hold on to anger and resentment and have the ability to let it go and move on. One minute they will be upset with their little friend for taking one of their toys, and the next minute they are laughing and playing together.

Children Are Content with the Present

Unless you ask a child what he/she wants to be when they grow up, they never talk about the future. They don’t have the worries and anxieties of the future or regrets of the past. Children seem to have the ability to live in the present and find joy in the simple things. A small bouquet of wildflowers is just as pretty to them as the most expensive flower arrangement you could buy. Instead of always striving for more, we can learn to appreciate what we have and be content with where we are in life.

Mark 10:15

15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

Becoming like little children is not about being childish or immature. We should embrace certain positive qualities and attitudes such as faith, trust, wonder, humility, forgiveness, joy, and living in the present moment. These qualities can help us to deepen our relationship with God and improve our overall well-being and happiness in life.

To God Goes The Glory!

Have A Blessed Day!

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  1. I think sometimes we are also guilty of making god’s plan of salvation more complicated than it is. When it is really quite simple.

  2. Thanks Tania for the reminder to think more like little children. Take time to really enjoy the simple pleasures God gives to us. Blessings…

  3. Hi Tania,
    Do you teach a class at your church? If not, you should. I really enjoy reading your Sunday blogs and getting a little scripture lesson.

    1. So true! I have had the pleasure of teaching first/second grade in a private Christian school for 20+ years. They greet me with a smile every morning and make me laugh all day long!

  4. Thank you for the reminders! I love the Joe stories.😂. My husband hates cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. I love them both! I am the healthy eater in our house. My husband and daughter…not so much.😂😂😂

  5. Another great Joe story! I have to agree that some of the healthier food options lack in taste. Well said regarding ways that we can be more child like!

  6. Thank you so much for the sweet reminder of the the beauty of child likeness God desires for us to be !

    Happy Sunday!

  7. I agree, you have pointed out the very aspects of being child-like that I try to emulate. Being totally in the present moment is, for me, most important.
    But your Joe stories are the best! I have spent 40 years to coax my husband to eat salad! LOL

  8. You are absolutely right! Thanks for sharing your insight. I do find myself regretting the past or worrying about the future. I find I am the most peaceful just living in the present and being grateful for God’s mercy and redemption. I believe the child-like qualities you listed are what He means for us to emulate. Thank you!

  9. I truly have been so blessed with great grandparents, grand parents and parents that taught me in my life about God. I have never questioned is there a God. Has my life been perfect, no. But I have always known that God will make a way and he has for me. Child like faith to me is knowing I have a Father God in heaven that I can go to at any given time and I know he hears me and loves me .

  10. Enjoy your daily emails. You and Joe remind me of my relationship with my hubby, David.

    One point of pushback though. Cauliflower is not diet food. It is glorious! Try roasting it. Tastes amazing. And cauliflower mashed is every bit as delicious as mashed potatoes!

  11. Loved this post !! Trying not to the let the Old cynical lady in but to live with the eyes and heart of a child !!💛

  12. How true those words are. In real adult life, easier said than done. I need to constantly remind myself of this children’s path of innocent goodness, especially since I have had many negative experiences which lead me to forget to let go of the fear, anger and regret. Thank you for pointing this out, I needed that!

  13. I was reading this exact passage yesterday and pondering it over too! One thought I had was to stop dwelling on my past mistakes and imperfections. Children take for granted the love of their parents and are more interested in the world around them than trying to do everything perfectly.

  14. Great message this morning. So humbling to think of how we become hardened in our hearts as we experience life.
    Thank you.