“I promise you that you cannot get into God’s kingdom, unless you accept it the way a child does.” Mark 10:15, CEV
“So Jesus called the children over to him and said, “Let the children come to me! Don’t try to stop them. People who are like these children belong to God’s kingdom.” Luke 18:16, CEV
One of the essential tenets of real discipleship is Jesus’ insistence on his disciples becoming children. It actually is the entry point for all believers. Everyone who really believes begins here, at ‘childlikeness’.
It’s interesting to note that ‘religion’ moves in the opposite direction– a level of sophistication is cultivated. One becomes intellectual, emphasising the ‘academics’ over gentleness and goodness or love.
I think that there is an excessively high appreciation for broad-mindedness, but it is a cultivated, savoir-faire that is really is nothing but an embarrassment to the Kingdom of God. It seems our discipleship is strongest when it is simplest. Humbling ourselves is what makes us incredibly authentic– at least from His point-of-view.
And maybe– just maybe, ‘becoming small’ is exactly what ‘the doctor has ordered’. We need this, it needs to be imbedded into our hearts, and altering the way we encounter life. If we are going to be real, then we must become children. Becoming a child is an imperative.
Who do we think we are? Often, we start out ‘broken’. We esteem gentleness and brokenness. We understand that the most valuable possession we can possess is a ‘childlikeness’. This can be understood by everyone we encounter– especially believers. But this is only our starting point, we do not outgrow this, never.
Christians are set apart by their childlike heart.
“But I am calm and quiet,
like a baby with its mother.
I am at peace, like a baby with its mother.”