What a blessing to be with the twins on their first birthday. I now better understand what Jesus meant when He said that we are to become like children. While with them, thoughts continued to swirl in my head around the statement that
Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.
So innocent, so trusting, so dependent. The little ones must rely entirely on their parents to provide the food that enters their mouths, baths to keep them clean, rest to help them grow, clothes to keep them warm, arms to love them, and a home to shelter them from the storms of life. Their trusting little eyes, their faces so pure. Never a moment of doubt or concern about the everyday worries that encumber us as adults.
How could one do anything other than love such purity, such innocence? That look on their face. Time spent with these little ones provided context to better understand the Scripture:
Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
The little ones are humble, simple, teachable, and trusting. As adults we tend to be self-seeking, worldly, and prideful.
Interesting how we spend most of our childhood trying to grow up. We do not want to be vulnerable, powerless and humble. Yet, Jesus tells us that we must become like a child. We must trust Jesus. We must surrender to the lordship of Jesus. We must be humble.
Jesus wants us to give up our worldly views and desires–to be free from pride, covetousness and ambition. Instead, to learn from these little ones to embody humility, sincerity, innocence, trust and without concern for the things of the world. This is the first step toward entering into the kingdom of grace–to be lowly in heart, knowing we are ignorant and helpless and trusting our Father in heaven to supply all our wants and needs.
When humility meets resignation, patience, meekness, gentleness and long-suffering, we become the greatest in Christ’s kingdom. Jesus wants us to be satisfied with the place He has assigned for us in this life, no matter what it may be. We must learn to humbly receive direction and instruction from Him, though contrary to our own inclinations. To lay aside our own ambitious views and pride and be willing to live the life God has assigned for us to live. To be willing to be esteemed vulnerable, powerless and humble.
Thank you, little ones, for renewing hope that God, indeed, has not given up on mankind. Thank you, also for giving insight into what Jesus meant by the words, “Unless you become as little children. . .”
Lord, thank you for the lessons learned from the twins on their first birthday. May I choose humility over pride; innocence over worldly knowledge; your directives over my own; trust in You over trust in riches.