Posted by: BlessingMinistry | September 22, 2010

To Be Childlike

To Be Childlike
by Mark Blessing

But Jesus said, Allow the little children to come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of Heaven. (Matt 19:14)

What a blessing it is to be childlike, for only those who are will find the kingdom of Heaven. But, how often we cross the lines from childlikeness into childishness.

Little children don’t hold grudges. I remember as a child many times my best friend or I would get mad at the other, but the next day we were once again best friends. Childlikeness means we don’t hold a grudge. But holding that grudge just means we’re being childish.

My father might have been worried about the future, making plans to provide for higher education for five children, but we never worried. We lived in the moment, and in the day. Being childlike means I don’t worry about my life. “I tell you not to worry about your life. Don’t worry about having something to eat, drink, or wear. Isn’t life more than food or clothing? Look at the birds in the sky! They don’t plant or harvest. They don’t even store grain in barns. Yet your Father in heaven takes care of them. Aren’t you worth more than birds?” (Matt 6:25-26)

Being childish, however, brings a certain self-awareness that results in an attitude of, “I’m going to make sure I get mine, even if it means someone else won’t get any.” There is selfishness in childishness, and selflessness in childlikeness. That is epitomized in the life of Christ, and in the lives of those who trust Him with a childlike faith.

A child has no regrets of the past. We live in an age of ‘issues.’ It seems as though almost everyone has issues. In fact, you can often see one-upmanship among some people as to who has the most serious issues. Much like grudges, childishness finds a certain comfort in knowing that my problems are not of my own making, they were forced upon me by someone else in the past. These people are always living life in the rear-view mirror, so they go from one catastrophic accident to another. A childlikeness, however, forgets yesterday, last week, month, year, and lives in today. I still remember getting out of bed as a child and either rejoicing or bemoaning the fact that I had school that day, depending on what the day at school would hold. Or, I would be rejoicing because it was Saturday and it was going to be a day without a plan, like an artist’s canvas with nothing on it yet, but knowing that it was full of possibility.

Childishness, however, is in such bondage to the past, or so worried about the future, that we have forgotten what it is to be childlike in the presence of the Master. We have forgotten the wonder of first meeting Him, as He took us onto His lap and blessed us. We have forgotten the feeling that washed over us as the weight of our sins being forgiven was lifted from our hearts. We have forgotten that we are stewards of that forgiveness, and that Christ taught us to pray, “forgive us as (or, in the same measure) we forgive others.” We have confused childlikeness with childishness.

The one brings great freedom, a joy-filled discovering in every new day, a faith that does not doubt in our Father and a peace that passes all understanding (Phil 4:6-9).

Isn’t it time we stopped being so childish? “When we were children, we thought and reasoned as children do. But when we grew up, we quit our childish ways.” (1Cor. 13:11)

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