CHILDLIKE OR CHILDISH?
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Luke 18:16, NIV
The innocence, amazement and trust of children always makes one imagine their kind of heart. A child has the tendency to listen, trust and believe absolutely. Little wonder Jesus told His disciples that whosoever will not receive the kingdom of God as a child will not enter it. The disciples would have thought that Jesus was not interested in little children, and so would not allow them to see Jesus. But Jesus called the children to Himself, telling the disciples that the kingdom of God belongs to those who will be like children. Here Jesus was talking about childlike faith that depends totally on God, trusts Him absolutely even when things do not add up.
But childlike faith is not childish. Jesus was not saying we should emulate childish behaviours and refuse to grow up in our Christian journey. C.S Lewis said, “Christ wants a child’s heart, but a grown-up’s head. He wants us to be simple, single-minded, affectionate, and teachable, as good children are; but He also wants every bit of intelligence we have to be alert at its job, and in first-class fighting trim.” Apostle Paul put it this way (1 Corinthians 14:20), “Do not be children in understanding; however, in malice be babes, but in understanding be mature.”
• Birthday Blessing: “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawn-” Isaiah 9:2
RBT Passage: Ruth 1-4
In malice be babes, but in understanding be mature. –The Holy Bible