Think like a child to enter the Kingdom of God


And He called a little child to Himself and put him in the midst of them, And said, Truly I say to you, unless you repent (change, turn about) and become like little children [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving], you can never enter the kingdom of heaven [at all]. Whoever will humble himself therefore and become like this little child [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving] is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. – Matt 18:2-4

For decades I have wondered what Jesus meant by this “child” analogy. I’ve heard many things and I’ve asked myself the question “what are children like?” in order to figure it out. I’ve come up with many answers. I have this feeling that the answer will enable me to really partake of the Kingdom of God, fully.

One day I raised an animal from the dead. It was dead, dead, dead. Blood in it’s mouth and inside it’s eye… that kind of dead. But it came back to life, completely internally healed.

I’ve always wondered… what did I do right? hehehehe. 🙂

God’s Kingdom power manifested. Only children can do that. So… what are children like? They trust their parents. They believe their parents. They put their parents first.

Dad: Son, I’m getting you a red bike for Christmas
Son to other kid: My dad says I’m getting a red bike for Christmas.
Other kid: Really? I don’t see the bike. Are you sure it will happen?
Son: For sure! My dad is not a liar and He is really really rich.

Heavenly Father: Jesus died for all of your sins and you are in peace with Me
Me to other believer: I am at peace with God, peace will reign in my house
Believer to me: Are you sure? There are a hundred things that can go wrong.
Me: For sure, God is totally trustworthy to His words. Nothing can shake him.

A few characteristics of children is that they listen to their parents, they copy their parents behavior, they walk like their parents. They also talk the same and learn their mannerisms. They bring their pains and issues and complaints and requests to their parents. They do not behave independently from their parents. They may run off for a bit, but then cry if they can’t find their parents.
Healthy children listen to their parents, place the words of their parents above anyone else’s words. If we will listen to God’s promises and place those promises above any other thing, above what we can see, above what we have experienced in our past… then we are being like that child.

That is why Jesus said these things…

The bible contains such incredible promises. We in the church are discovering them all the time.

The bible was taken away from the public in AD 500 and largely only available in Latin. To learn Latin you had to live in a monastery. Thanks to Martin Luther (+- AD 1500) we have received our bible back AND in our own languages!

Since AD 1500 the church (around the world) has gradually been clawing back truth after truth after truth.

There was a time we didn’t know we could talk to Him directly. Now we know we can. A time when we didn’t know about forgiveness. A time before we understood about evangelism. A time before we thought we could raise our hands in church and dance like David did before the Lord. Healing. Prayer. Faith. We have come a long way!

Now we know that every believer can do all of these things… and more. But wait… the bible contains still MORE promises, like being free of law and sin, free of sickness and death, free of poverty, free of so many things… what matters is… WHAT IS IT YOU BELIEVE HE DID FOR YOU ON THE CROSS?

When you decide that He did something – like take away all your sickness (Is 53:5) – will you put that above what you see, above what you may have been taught, above what you have previously experienced?

I personally have been in situations where something happened, a very final un-reversible thing like death, and I simply refused to accept it. I just kept saying NO WAY, NO WAY, NO WAY and I said JESUS SAID! JESUS SAID! and other things like that. I just refused to accept what I was seeing, what had happened… and the events became reversed. Literally.

Be like a child. Place His promises above what you see around you. Walk by faith, not by sight. Focus on Him, not on your situation, not on what is around you.

When Jesus raised a woman from the dead, He told the mourners to leave the room. When Peter raised Dorcas from the dead he told the people to leave the room (and he prayed NOT facing the body). When Elijah raised the boy from the dead, he told the people to leave the room.

The reason that these great people did that, was to avoid the “reality” and to be able to singularly focus on the truth of God, the truth of God’s power, the truth of WHO HE IS, WHAT HE SAID. Our modern equivalent is WHAT DID JESUS DO FOR US ON THE CROSS? Figure that out and then believe it like a child believes his parents.

To really have great faith and to live in the Kingdom, think like a child – focus on His promises. Say: “My dad said!”

11 responses to “Think like a child to enter the Kingdom of God

  1. I have been studying about the Kingdom of God. I am blessed to have come to this site and found such a great comment about access to the Kingdom of God. God bless you

  2. I have come to realize that my faith is like of a healthy child to the Christ Jesus. Amen!
    Durga P Upadhyay

  3. This is too true- we should follow Michael Jackson’s example and see the face of God through our children. “Children show me in their playful smiles the divine in everyone. These children are a reminder of the preciousness of all life.To heal the world, we must start by healing our children. Being with them connects to the deep wisdom of life. The simple goodness shines straight from their hearts.”♥♥♥

  4. This was really great and I want to use it for my church.
    I hope you don’t mind. I will tell everyone who wrote it and where to find it here….
    Have a Blessed Christmas!

    Deacon Ralph Smith
    Central Baptist Church,
    Liberty, Texas

  5. I was reading Luke 18:17 and was confused about the verse. I typed in “how can you accept the kingdom of god like a child” in google and this came up. This exactly answered my question. Thank you so much. The little things like this is what keeps my faith strong.

  6. Good tidnings,
    I thank God for you and the message.It has entirely change my way of thinking especially in atime like this.I am very grateful,may God continually bless and used you as you remain and planted in his vineyard

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