Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Faith Of A Child

Matthew 18:3 "I assure you," He said, "unless you are converted and become like a children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."

In this verse Jesus characterizes saving faith as faith that is simple, trusting, helplessly dependent, and that acknowledges that one has no resources of his own, but it utterly and totally dependent upon God. Jesus makes His point by using a child as His illustration. So what is it about children that illustrates this kind of faith?

First, a child does not worry about where their food is going to come from, they don't worry about if they will have a place to sleep, they don't think about what they are going to wear. They know that their father will provide all of these things for them, and they never even think to doubt that. Children rely on their father for their very existence; they are not out looking for a job and trying to scrape up money to buy the things they need, they have the faith that everything they need will be provided when they need it. And it is not even a conscience thought, children trust their fathers blindly. This is how our Heavenly Father wants us to trust Him

Jesus goes on to say in the next verse that we are to humble ourselves like children, which brings us to the second thing that I think Jesus was telling us here. Jesus says that we are to humble ourselves and be like a child, but a child does not need to humble themselves - they simply are humble. I think what Jesus is telling us here is that humility should be such a part of who we are that it is not a conscious thought. Children don't worry about who is the greatest; to them it's their dad.

Spend some time today praising God because He is Your Father. Ask Him to show you any area that You are not trusting Him like a child. Ask Him to remove anything that causes you to worry. Thank Him for the care He takes of you. Just take some time today to love your Heavenly Father like a child loves their earthly father, not because of what you will get for doing so; just because you love Him
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