Unless You Turn and Become Like Children

Matthew 18:2-4 NASB
”And He called a child to Himself and set him among them, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you change and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. So whoever will humble himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Notice that Jesus emphasizes this truth by saying “truly I say to you …”
That’s Jesus’ way of saying, “this isn’t optional, you don’t want to overlook this truth, you REALLY need to understand this!”

Turn or change from what? Did you notice those additional words “humble himself like this child”? A child can acknowledge what they think they can do and what they think they cannot do. And when they see a need or situation that they think they cannot do or are uncertain, they turn to those to whom they trust. A young child does not hesitate on reaching out to those that they love and have confidence in.

I’ve spent the better part of my life trying to figure things out. Trying to understand, not just all of the varying situations that I have run across and still run across, but also how to comprehend and really take to heart, my own limitations, and the limitations that I sometimes see in others.

And this is the biggest reality that I have learned, in the vast majority of situations, the biggest problem that I face, is me. And the reasons for this reality are varied, sometimes I do not know all the factors, sometimes I fail to put my own deficiencies into the equation and sometimes I assume what I ought not to assume. And I have a lot of experience, because sometimes I can do all three of these things, at the same time.

Turn or change from what? How about truly comprehending our own limitations and acknowledging who we really need to depend upon. That would be God. That would be asking God to truthfully take the wheel and literally letting go of it ourselves. Saying it is one thing, doing it is another.

Turn or change from what? How about trusting in God’s vastly superior intelligence and ability to address our well being and deepest needs, rather than endeavouring to orchestrate and meet our own desires ourselves? Saying it is one thing, doing it is another.

Turn or change from what? How about denying or putting aside that which I know to be true, left to myself and my own handicaps or failings, the only reason that I have what I have today or the reality that I am even here today, is God’s sheer grace. Because the truth of the matter is that I gave God more than ample reasons to cast me aside. But, praise God, He didn’t.

Reliance on self dies hard.

And it’s not like Jesus didn’t break it down for us, every which way He possibly could. My Father is the vine dresser. I am the vine, you are the branches, without me you can do nothing (John 15:1-5). I can do nothing of myself. I do not seek my own will but the will of Him who sent me (John 5:30). He who has seen me has seen the Father (John 14:9). There’s a pattern there if you look for it.

I believe that Jesus was and is the Son of God (Matthew 3:17).
I believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose again from the dead for our justification (Romans 4:25).
I believe that because Jesus lives, we also shall live (John 14:19).

Can I prove that Jesus is the Son of God? Nope. I can tell you why I believe He is the Son of God but I cannot prove it beyond all doubt.
Can I prove that Jesus rose from the dead? Nope. I can tell you why I believe He did rise from the dead but I cannot prove it beyond all doubt.
Can I prove that I too, like Jesus, will live again? Nope. I can tell you why I believe I shall rise from the dead but I cannot prove it beyond all doubt.

Faith is important to God because it demonstrates reliance and trust in Him, in spite of what we may see or hear or experience.

Either you believe in God or you don’t.
Either you believe that Jesus is God’s only begotten Son or you don’t.
Either you believe that Jesus paid the price that our sins demanded from a Holy God, on the cross for us, in our place, or you don’t.
Either you believe that Jesus rose from the dead and so shall we, who believe and trust in Him, or you don’t.
Either you believe that Jesus and only Jesus is the way to be right with God, or you don’t.

But if Jesus is who He said He was and is, the words that Jesus spoke to us, as recorded and retained in the Gospels and the letters and Revelation of the New Testament, matter. And they matter to a degree of our eternal life or death, in the eyes of our Holy Father God. Because our God is a righteous and Holy God and we become righteous, not of ourselves but because of the righteousness of the Lamb of God who was slain for us. Jesus is our righteousness.

The words that Jesus spoke to us, from the Father, are not optional as to whether we can believe them or not, and still be accepted by our Heavenly Father God, if we reject the truth of the gift, in Jesus, that we are offered. If we trust in Jesus, it will show, if we don’t, it will also show, but in the end, when we stand before the throne of God, the greatest question that we face is who did we honestly trust and have confidence in, ourselves or Jesus.

Faith is believing in what we have not seen, or yet fully experienced. Faith is having tasted but not fully known. Faith is trusting in the witness of the Father, as conveyed to us through the Law , the Psalms and the Prophets and the promised Messiah, Jesus the Son of God.

A child trusts in that which they only partially know of. A child believes in that which they have only partially experienced. A child has faith in the little that they have come to rely on. And they move forward in that which they trust and rely on, without embarrassment or a second thought. They just run to whom they trust.

And that is exactly what we are called to do with our Heavenly Father, through Jesus the Son.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!












8 comments

  1. Lovely article. Trusting and believing that Jesus is who is says he is. We can feel his power and see the manifestations of God in and around us. We see when we look through the eyes of faith as the god of this world is unable to blind the eyes of the saints who live by faith. 🙏🏾

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  2. Many of us are logically fact driven, more and more people are feeling driven. Gods kind of faith is relational driven. Like all the gold and silver and cattle on 1000 hills, God owns all the facts. When he says “come” we do, but only to the extent of our relationship trust.

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    • I agree and somewhere along the line, as that relationship deepens, we begin to comprehend the reality of how good God really is and that realization takes our relationship into a new level. Took me an awful long time to figure that out. Blessings Gary.

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