Like A Child
Read Matthew Chapter 18
Mt 18:1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 He called a little child and had him stand among them. 3 And He said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
I’m sure we all have pondered this passage and thought about what child-like faith looks like. Let’s do it again. It would seem pretty obvious that “like a child” as referred to here would not include the actions of a child throwing a temper tantrum because it didn’t get its way. So we are going to dismiss that side of child-like behavior and go on to other aspects of being a child.
When I think of a child, I have fond memories of those times when my sons were small and believed I could answer all their questions and solve all their problems. I get the same kind of memories now when I think of my grandchildren. They are so trusting! When our first grandchild was less than two, closer to one year old actually, our son and his wife were going to be away at a Christian conference for a few days. They asked us to keep her for a few days. When we met at a pizza place halfway between where we live and our son lived, all her little animals, portable bed, and suitcase were transferred to our car.
Sometime during the exchange of stuff between the two cars, our granddaughter climbed up into the back seat of our car and made herself at home. Since this was the first time we had kept her overnight, her mom was expecting her to protest when it appeared that her parents were getting into their car and leaving without her. She made no such protest. She grabbed hold of the sides of her car seat as if to say, “Okay, let’s go.” That is child-like faith.
When we come to Christ, we come to Him trusting that whatever He does with us, wherever He leads us, and however He treats us will be a good thing. We might be a bit tentative, as some children might also be at times, but ultimately we will climb up into the seat and say, “Okay, let’s go.” We don’t come to Him with a list of our selfish demands.
“Okay Lord, here’s my list.”
1. First, I have this one sin that I want to hold on to. Otherwise, I won’t go with You.
2. I have a life to live. I have planned to do this and that, and if You don’t mind, could You just plan my Christian ministry around those things?
3. I would really like to get married. Or, I would really enjoy staying single the rest of my life.
4. Don’t ask me to go to China as a missionary. That sounds like a hard life. I like the comfort of my home country.
5. I really need to earn a lot of money. I would like to live more comfortably, financially, than did my parents.
If we came to Christ early in life, we SSA men and women likely didn’t realize what we were signing onto. That’s probably a good thing. If we had known that we were going to have to deal with and stifle our same-sex desires, we might not have signed the contract. Those of you who came to Christ as teenagers or adults are to be highly commended. That took a lot of courage. Having child-like faith at that stage of life must have been very difficult. You did so at a cost; recognizing that God had a better plan for your life than a gay life.
Your child-like faith perhaps included the idea that God was somehow going to take away your same-sex desires and temptations. If so, somewhere along the way you had another decision to make: “Knowing that those things might not be part of God’s plan, do I stick with Him? Or do I go back into that life?”
No matter where we are at this point in our experience, in our trust and faith in Christ, it still comes down to child-like faith. If we are 20 years old or if we are 75 years old, we are expected daily to climb up into the back seat of His plan for our life, buckle up, and say, “Okay, let’s go!” There really is no other choice. Anything other than that will not turn out well for us.
Prayer: Our child-like faith sometimes waivers, Lord. Forgive us. We do know that Your plan for our lives is better than our enemy’s plan for our lives. It’s just that sometimes we forget that, and believe the enemy’s lies. Again, forgive us. Help us to continue to exhibit child-like faith and trust. You are our only hope.