There is nothing like the faith of a child. The faith of a child does not question when jumping from a high place into the arms of his father. The faith of a child trusts that her parent has her best interests at heart. The faith of a child is pure. That is why childlike faith is essential to a successful life in Christ.
And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them
One of the great problems with religion is that it reduces faith to methods, that is, seven steps to this, ten steps to that. Religion says that if your unfailingly obedient or even if you have enough faith, you will get what you say. The body of Christ needs to understand that God is not a respecter of persons, much less the formulas of men.
The other problem with religion is that it tries to be God’s PR (public relations) guy. Something waiting for healing happens to die? Religion will find a way to show this is part of God’s plan. Someone loses their job or business? Religion will come up with a way to justify why God made this happen.
Childlike faith is objective in its focus but subjective in its execution. Adults depend upon sensory input and experience for decision-making. Children operate more on instinct.
Childlike faith is celebratory and edifying. It seeks to build up and complement rather than destroy and discourage.
Childlike faith is not bound by rules. It is not dour and somber – it is bright and vibrant. It is skipping through the puddles of life rather than cursing and avoiding them.
As we age, not only do our bodies callous but also our minds and spirits. We develop defenses against hurt. We learn not to trust. Moreover, we learn not to love with abandon. There’s a TV commercial that says, “I don’t wanna grow up, I’m a Toys-R-Us kid,” well, we need to have the seat of our spirit boldly declare, “I don’t wanna grow up, I’m a Jesus kid!”
Yes, 1 Corinthians 2, Ephesians 4, and Philippians 3 speak of spiritual maturity. There is a component of our spirits that must display maturity to advance the Kingdom on earth. However, there must be a part of us that is ever-growing, ever-seeking, ever-trusting, and ever-loving. It is the part of us that always runs to Daddy to share our trials and triumphs. It is the part that wants to run to His arms and climb up into His lap!
When we renew our minds to line up with our born-again spirits, we mature spiritually but are regenerated. Everlasting life does not begin when we die but starts the very moment we receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. Because our spirits are perfected in the New Birth, they never age; they are eternally new and young! And, as a result, we are able to now fully mature in Christ and retain the childlike faith it takes to enter into and abide in the Kingdom of God.
© 2013 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)