By Kathleen Hawthorne
Truly I say to you, whoever does not accept and welcome the kingdom of God like a little child [does] shall not in any way enter it (at all). (Luke 18:17 Amplified)
The word of God tells us that we must be as little children in order to inherit the kingdom of God. What does this mean? I believe that, in order to understand what Jesus is saying, we must study little children’s actions.
Children, by nature, are always examining, searching, and trying new things. They are on a personal adventure. Is this what it means to be as a little child? Is this how we enter into the kingdom?
We, as adults, seemingly have lost this spirit of adventure. A little child, on the other hand, takes delight in the discovery, in the learning, even while making messes, falling down, and failing over and over again.
A child “pushes the envelope” in his determination to succeed. He touches, tastes, smells everything while looking over his shoulder to make sure that Mama or Daddy is there “just in case.” A little child craves to experience all that he can possibly experience—to learn all there is about his world. He wants to do it himself—not have someone else do it for him. Maybe we should be as that little child. Might we possibly “push that envelope” and enter into all that our Father has for us. We can be assured that He will be there for us when we fall down.
Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see—how good God is. Blessed are you who run to Him! (Psalm 34:8 MSG)
Good friend, take to heart what I’m telling you; collect my counsels and guard them with your life. Tune your ears to the world of Wisdom; set your heart on a life of Understanding. That’s right—if you make Insight your priority, and won’t take no for an answer, Searching for it like a prospector panning for gold, like an adventurer on a treasure hunt, Believe me, before you know it Fear-of-God will be yours; you’ll have come upon the Knowledge of God. (Proverbs 2:1-5 MSG)
Just then a woman who had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding came up behind Him. She touched the fringe of His robe, for sh e thought, “If I ca n just touch His robe, I will be healed.” (Matthew 9:20-21 NLT)
Paul said twice in Phil. 4: 11-12, “I have learned….” Let us seek knowledge of the kingdom as a child seeks to learn to master his world. Let us be as that little child and enter into the kingdom of God. Let us delight in learning the ways of our Father.