Matthew 19: 13-15
Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.
There are many words to describe children. Such as:
Some of these words are good, and some are… not so good. Yet Jesus says “Let them come to me.. for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Children can often be a sensitive topic with those attempting to have children, for the ones who have lost children, and those of you have children who always keep you on your toes.
Today I want us to focus on the child that is within each of us. There is something raw and innocent about a childlike faith that we are all called to remain in, and yet the world does everything it can to remove that innocence from us.
But what does it even look like to have a childlike faith as an adult traveling through the world of Western Christianity? Below are 5 topics of a child that can lead us to a childlike faith. Spend some time today thinking about which category you need to work on the most:
- Children ask honest questions.
- Children trust their parents.
- Children are aware they need their parents.
- Children find fullness within their parents.
- Children seek to daily know more.
In these situations, we are the children, and God is the parent. How do we continue to grow and strengthen this relationship? Find time today to live into your inner child, trusting God as our Heavenly Father.
I am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing, put me to suffering;
let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you,
exalted for you, or brought low for you;
let me be full,
let me be empty,
let me have all things,
let me have nothing:
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours. So be it.
And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.
-Wesley Covenant Prayer
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