Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. (Mark 10:15 KJV)
Conversations in our home and during van rides largely revolve around questions of God and people in the Bible these days. Carter is 4 1/2, and he has lots of questions! I love every second of it!
I love how eager he is to understand. I love how hungry he is to know more. I love that it’s not enough for him to just hear a rendition of a bible study, he is wrestling to know the difference between the stories that are make believe and the ones that really did happen! Jonah, by the way, did not really hitch a ride with ‘The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything’-just in case you were unsure.
Watching him learn these stories, and more importantly-the Truths in these stories, brings me such joy.
It also challenges me. And humbles me. And causes me to reflect on the enthusiasm with which I pursue God’s truths.
All too often when we hear the phrase ‘faith like a child’, it conjures up notions of a blind faith. But I can tell you with certainty that any faith Carter has is far from blind. Limited, yes. Incomplete, absolutely. But not blind.
Thinking on this caused me to dig into what Jesus really meant when He told the disciples not to ‘hinder the children’ from coming to him; that anyone hoping to receive the Kingdom of God would have to receive it as a child.
I thought it was particularly interesting how the Expositor’s Bible Commentary described how a child receives the Kingdom of God.
The Kingdom of God is to be received as a little child receives something, that is, without self consciousness and in dependence on the giver. The Kingdom of God is both a gift to be received and a realm to enter.
I love that…without self-consciousness and in dependence on the giver. How tempting it is for us, particularly in our society, to think we have something to prove-either in our acceptance or refusal of these gifts. How easy it is to let our pride either keep us from accepting the gift, or cause us to think we’ve done anything to deserve it.
Oh that we would all come running, undeservedly but equally uninhibited to receive this gift that God so freely gives.