Simple and Like a Child

Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. – John 6:67-68

Peter’s words seem so simple and innocent to me. They seem so matter of fact. I almost picture that look a child gives you as if to say, “Is there any other answer?” Do we have such a childlike faith?

Jesus tells us to humble ourselves as a child in Matthew 18:4. In Mark 10:15, He tells us that if we do not accept the kingdom of heaven with the belief of a young child, we cannot enter in.

The great thing about children is their innocence. They have not yet been corrupted, manipulated, and shaded by the world and its ugly ways. They haven’t developed bias yet; they haven’t developed a hardness to the world yet. Many will believe you because you said so.

By the time we reach adulthood, that has changed. We become skeptical. We hold onto doubt and questions. We cannot seem to trust anyone or anything at face value, let alone things of spiritual nature. It is sad what this world can do to a person.

And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 18:3

Sometimes, I miss the simple days of childhood. I didn’t have to worry about the financial debt that now exists in my life. I didn’t have to figure out how to get to work because I had no car. I didn’t have to deal with the pressures of a fast-moving, chaotic adult world that can be dizzying. I merely enjoyed playing with my siblings and friends, and I enjoyed life to the fullest.

Don’t get me wrong; I don’t want to go back in time. I am truly enjoying my Christian walk right where I am at. What I am trying to do, however, is establish a true child-like faith.

I think of a young boy I teach in junior church. This boy is unique in so many ways, and I will miss him when he moves up to the kindergarten class. His daddy is the assistant pastor of our church. The things that come out of his mouth are hysterical, but they are so honest and straightforward. I cannot resist but to give you a few examples:

His mom: _____, why are you so loud?

Child: Because God made me that way!
Child: I want to walk on water.

His mom: Only Jesus can do that, honey.

Child: Nu-uh. Peter did!
Me: What is your daddy’s name ?

Child: Babe.  (He explained that is what mommy called him)

I could go on and on with stories about this little guy. My point is that at four years old (almost five), he tells you how it is. He also was saved recently (PRAISE THE LORD!!). He may not understand some of the deeper things of the Bible, but in his faith (obviously as a child), He has a heart of Christ.

I recently listened to a sermon regarding the battles that exist in this world. He explained how some battles will not be won and how Satan is not looking to win, per say. He doesn’t necessarily aim to have the topic argued proven in that aspect. He looks to win by making you fall from the pathway in doubt. Sometimes it is best to be as a child: accept the truth and move on. If they don’t believe you, shake off the dust and keep walking. Do not stop your journey to have an endless fight.

Jesus has a very special place in His heart for little children. I have heard many people ask if there will be children in heaven or will they be as adults there. I cannot answer that, but I do believe there will be children there, whether angels or people.

But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 19:14

Who knows, maybe we won’t be like adults there. Maybe we will convert back to a child-like state! It says we will be like the angels, but none of us have seen the angels. We do not know what that is like. (These are just thoughts of my own . . . )

I personally want that child-like faith back in my life. My prayer is that the corruption I have allowed in my heart will fade away. Do I care that others will think I am foolish? I am praying I will not. Do I care that others will probably think I am avoiding “reality” rather than facing the stresses that arise? My prayer is I will reach a level that I won’t! (These questions have already been catapulted at me at times).

To believe as a child will draw us unto spiritual maturity!!

 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. – 1 John 4:4


Do you have a child-like faith in the things of God? Have you truly become a child of the Lord? Remember the promise the Father gives us in His word:

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. – Romans 10:9-10

For WHOSOEVER shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. – Romans 10:13 (Emphasis added)



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