“But Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.’” Matthew 19:14 (NLT)
You have heard the sermon before on childlike faith. It’s usually a surface level encouragement to be simpler minded and have a less worried soul. I have heard very few people practically explain what it means to have a childlike faith.
Here are a few observations about faith that parallels a child’s.
- It trusts God. Children innately trust “adult” opinions because of their innocence. They haven’t been jaded yet by broken trust. If only adults could return to trusting the One who is always dependable, we would be less worried and anxious. Remember, He always has your best in mind, because He loves you immensely. Always.
- It doesn’t try to control God/circumstances. Where does a desire to control come from? The unknown. We try to control what we do not know so our future will have some certainty. We think if we can control God, then He will be trustworthy. Thank goodness God is the one in control and not I. He is so much better at leading my soul than I ever could apart from Him.
- It’s full of joy. Kids are full of curiosity and discovery. As they get older, they will soon be faced with the ugly side of humanity. Consequently, they have to fight not to become cynical. So many of us never get back to soaking up life through the lens of joy, believing the best about others and our world. Psalm 118:24 comes to mind: “This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.”
- It’s honest. Kids are shockingly honest sometimes. They believe in being forthright. Imagine what Christian relationships would look like if we started to be kind and honest with one another. I miss those days of pure and genuine conversation with almost all of my peers.
- It’s vulnerable. Little kids don’t try appear sophisticated or create an identity for themselves. They are who they are, and they don’t care about other people’s judgments. I wish we could return to this level of authentic and open living.
These five characteristics are foundational to living with childlike faith, in my opinion. Examine your heart today and see if you have become too sophisticated and “adult-like” for your own good.