God, Make Our Hearts Like That Of A Child

Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, ‘Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.’
— Luke 18:16-17

America celebrates the independent, those who bootstrap and make it on their own. We encourage the achievers, the best of the best, the ones who don’t need help to make it to the top. Yet the Son of God told His followers that the kingdom of God is for those who are like children, and with it, He blew a hole in our do-it-yourself culture and desires to do everything with our own strength. He said to be like children, and children can’t bootstrap themselves to the top.

Children aren't meant to live on their own.
Children can’t provide their own shelter, their own food, their own clothes.
Children, at least my children, ask a million questions, knowing that they don’t know everything.

And Jesus said that the Kingdom is for those who receive the kingdom of God like children.

As a parent to three young ones myself, I can imagine it would look like this:

We would know that we were inherently needy for a Father.
We would petition Him for whatever comes up and trust that He’d supply.
We wouldn’t be ashamed of our reliance or try to hide it.
We wouldn’t question if He wanted to answer our prayers.
We wouldn’t hold back from going toward Him.

Yet we don’t always receive the Lord that way, do we? We believe the lie that we are supposed to have it together before Him, so we either hustle hard or avoid the whole thing. Sometimes we look down on those who bring their mess unashamedly, wanting them to put it away. And we forget that Jesus celebrated the children who ran into His presence.

God, make our hearts like that of a child. Let us not hide our need. Let us trust in your faithfulness, your provision, your love.

Think it over:

Is there any area you are trying to handle on your own that you could bring to God your Father?

Read for next week:

Luke 18:17-42