Receive the Kingdom as a childAdeshola Ezeokoli
Truly I say to you, whoever does not accept and receive and welcome the kingdom of God like a little child [does] shall not in any way enter it [at all]. (Luke 18:17 AMP)
In what way does God expect us to be like a child?What do children do? When the Bible compares us to things,it is a good idea to find out the characteristics of those things and draw parallels from them.
1.Receive joyfully: Have you ever given a child something they like? They take it with joy, they do not wonder wether they “deserve it”. They do not try to be worthy of it, they just take it and play with it or wear it or eat it( depending on what it is). God wants us to receive His blessing happily without wondering weather we deserve it or not.
2.No condemnation: Let’s say you were to chastise your child about something, then send them out to go play or give them their dinner. What would they do? Move on! They would not hang around looking sad, trying to “make up” for what they did. “Oh mom, I need to do more chores to make for my bad behavior”. God wants us to accept his forgiveness once we repent and not keep dredging up the past.
3.Like to play: Children love to play! Learning to enjoy everyday life is not about shirking your responsibilities, it’s about loosening up and enjoying the journey. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves to play. Jesus said, “I have come that they might have life and have it more abundantly”. That sounds like a happy life to me!
4.Like to laugh: Children laugh. They laugh, and they laugh. Sometimes you just have to find something to laugh about. Laughter is indeed the best medicine.
5 Curious: Children want to know and want to learn. Most of the time, their curiosity is almost tangible. If we don’t learn we don’t grow and if we stop growing, we start dying. God wants us to be teachable and to keep learning more about Him. Let us not think that we know it all.
6. Expect parents to take care of them: Children expect their parents to take care of them, in fact, the average little child expects its parents to be able to cough up its demands at a moments notice. God expects us to trust that He will take care of us.
7.Think that parents can do anything, have absolute faith in parents: In line with point 6 above children think their parents are all-powerful. God is all powerful and can do anything. He deserves our unwavering trust.