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And said Verily I say unto you except ye be
converted and become as little children ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Why did God say you had to become as a little child? do you have any idea?
Have you ever considered why he would have said something like this? How big of a child
can comfortably set on a lap? Not a big child just a small one. Now why would Jesus say
you had to become as a little child?
Well a little child is eager to learn. They are always eager to go out and
learn as much as they can about the world. A little child is always exploring, always
trying new things. They are willing to learn.
A little child isn't afraid. We are not born with a spirit of fear, that is
something that is learned. We are taught to fear things a small child will have no fear
unless its parent teaches it that it should fear. If a mother is always going out of her
way saying, "watch out sweetie you might fall," she teaches the baby to fear
taking a chance on walking or bicycling or whatever it is the child is trying to learn.
The child will not fear unless it is taught to fear by someone who is "more
mature" than them. The same with a spiritual child. A spiritual child will take the
Bible at its word and charge into the heaviest of battles trusting that the Lord will
protect them. They do not know fear.
A little child has faith. If a parent tells a child they will do something
they believe that it will be done. There is no ifs, ands, or buts about it. They have the
faith to believe that what they are told will be. It is only as they get older and have
listened to parents or others lying to them they start to doubt. But even then they will
try to believe the best of the people. They have faith until it is taken from them.
A little child bears no grudges. They forgive. They do not hold something
against you for months after it happens. Look how many so called mature Christians will
carry a grudge around for years over something that may have been taken the wrong way in
the beginning. They know how to forgive.
A little child heals fast. Their bodies heal faster than an adult they are
more eager to get back in the fun they are having, so their positive thoughts cause their
bodies to heal faster so they can get back into the thrills of life.
A child is determined. Once a small child has made up its mind that it is
going to do something it keeps on no matter how hard that it is. It does not give up. Once
again the sense of defeat comes from the older Christian who teaches them why are you
wasting your time on those who don't really matter. A child won't give up unless it is
told repeatedly you can do it and once they lose that determination then they have learned
the sense of defeat.
A child learns from their mistakes. If some thing doesn't work the first time
they try another way. They learn that what they tried at first didn't work. They learn by
what they have done wrong. They don't often repeat mistakes over and over and over. They
are willing to say that didn't work, but I'll bet this will.
A child can be corrected. If a child is disobedient they are corrected and
taught the right way. Once a person reaches a certain age they can no longer be corrected.
They rebel if you attempt to correct them. A child learns through being corrected he has
done something that he shouldn't and not do it again.
A child accepts love. They will love anyone who will love them. They aren't
picky. A person doesn't have to look a certain way to be loved by a child. A child will
love anyone who will take the time to care about them and the feelings they have.
A child is helpful. A child will go out of their way if they think they can
do some thing that would help. Sure they may not get the dishes clean but hey they offered
to help you. If you tell a three yr old no mommy don't want your help then they learn well
mommy don't need me to help her so I won't. Then when they are 10 you think why can't I
get them to do the dishes without me fussing. Think back and see who taught them that it
wasn't necessary to help. They may not do the best job of it but they are making an
effort. A young Christian will go out of their way to be helpful till they have heard Suzy
Spiritual who has been saved for 30 some yrs say you don't need to do that don't waste
your time. A child will be helpful as long as they are encouraged to do so.
A small child is thankful. They accept the smallest things you do for them as
easily as the largest. Again it is a learned behavior for someone to be ungrateful for
something that has been done for them. By nature a child is thankful for all things done
Looking at this list of qualities of a child. Is it any wonder that Jesus
said we must be as little children? Aren't we as Christians supposed to be helpful,
loving, easily taught, thankful, correctable, faithful, eager to learn, determined, easily
healed, and forgiving? All the things a small child is. All the characteristics of a
How do your characteristics add up? Are you as humble as a little child or
are you Suzy Spiritual who knows "how a Christian is supposed to be and honey you
ain't it". Think about the things that makes a child so wonderful and strive to be
that kind of Christian.
Have a blessed day.
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