“He called a little child and had him stand among them. 3And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
A child believes that the parents are the best in the world; the strongest; capable of doing anything and everything. They do not worry about anything as long as mummy and daddy are around. When I was a child, my main stress came from, which team would I be playing in today! I did not have a care in the world and it is because I knew mum and dad were there and they would take care of everything. I did not understand the whole thing of mummy not having enough money to buy me something or daddy not being able to take me out for drive. I mean, they were super human in my eyes; they were my heroes. That made me to wholly depend on them for everything and whatever they told me, I believed to be the gospel truth! I did not question them; unless when I was expected to sleep in the afternoon and everyone else is out playing! I would jump off a cliff if my parents asked me to because I believed they loved me and they had my best interest at heart and so they would never hurt me.
Fast forward to God. He is my Father. I am his child but this relationship is nothing compared to when I was a child with my parents! I give God a super hard and difficult, almost impossible time. And this I know is because I have grown up and I have experienced the world for myself and I now have my own opinions and I am my own person and so I question him a lot! I even doubt his ways sometimes and choose mine over his only to come back after a failure to ask for his will to be done!
This verse for me represents the way my relationship with God ought to be. And Christ used one of the basic analogies because we have all been children, so we know very well the experience. God is supposed to be my super hero; he is supposed to know everything and anything. I am supposed to believe that whatever he says is right and is best for me. I should be able to jump off a cliff if he asks me to because he is my Father and therefore has my best interest at heart! I need to embody the innocence of a child and when asked anything, I can comfortably and confidently say ‘My Father is the super hero of all super heroes so he will know how to go about this!’ and not worry about a thing. Therein lays the challenge; of humbling myself i.e. totally surrendering to God and letting him take the lead. To look at myself and compared to him, know that I truly do not know much and that he knows everything. Believe what he says without questioning him but wholly trusting and clinging onto his every word.
No wonder whoever humbles himself like a little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven!
Challenge is on!!!