Child-like

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A couple of weeks ago I met my brother and nephew (who is 3) for lunch. We went to a restaurant that was a buffet style so we went through the line and got our food. My brother and nephew were already at the table as I was approaching. My brother had forgot something so as I was walking towards the table where my nephew was sitting my brother was walking towards me laughing and looking back at his son. He looked at me and said, “look, I told him to watch my food.” I turned and looked at him and starting laughing too because he was LITERALLY staring at his daddy’s food as instructed.

Now of course when he said “watch my food” he was only implying that he wanted him to be sure nothing happened to it such as a hungry bug landing on it or something of that nature (you know what I am saying here I’m sure).

I found this to be very cute, funny, and interesting all in one. His daddy told him to do it and because daddy said do it he did it. We as adults know that this was not a statement to be taken literally but that in itself says something about us doesn’t it? As adults it is much more difficult to take things that are being said to us, particularly from our Heavenly Father in this instance, at face value. At times we may find ourselves trying to make sense and rationalize what He has said. We find ourselves trying to dissect and interpret what exactly He said and meant.

The minds of children are so pure and innocent. They have yet to be tainted with all the troubles of the world and their faith and belief is immeasurable. If you tell them something is true then you can take them to the bank to cash it because they will believe whatever you told them with no questions asked and they will do what you say because they trust you undoubtedly. They will allow you to take them into a pool not knowing how to swim trusting that you won’t let them drown, they will jump off a couple of stairs  although terrified because they trust that you will catch them, they will let you throw them in the air with joy because they trust that you won’t drop them, and they will let you do so many other things not because you have a proven track record with them but simply because that is what babies do…they trust and have faith without question.

It is my prayer that this year will mark the beginning of new child-like characteristics in your own life. Take your Heavenly Daddy at His word even if what He says sounds quite silly and impossible. Take your Heavenly Daddy’s requests and commands seriously and obey without question. If He says move, move. If He says take a leap of faith, jump. If He says go a little deeper, swim. And in doing all of this, you are going to have to trust that He will never drop you, He will never allow you to drown, and He will never make you do something that is harmful to yourself.

Even if His requests make others laugh and mock you, just do it. Your reward for obedience is far greater than the “punishment” of embarrassment. Plus, carnal people will never understand spiritual matters so save your breath trying to explain what God told you to do to those who will not understand regardless if you talk to them until you are blue and purple in the face.

Today, why don’t you make it a practice to become more child-like. Jesus looks highly upon little children…and it is easy to see why now.

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∆ Phone God: Hey Daddy, thank you for your constant reminders of how much you love us. Thank you for your continuous desire to make us better. I ask that you continue to provide me revelation as to what being child-like looks like. It is my desire to please you and to be obedient without question. In Jesus name, amen.

∆ Chew on this:

  • “At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. “And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” – Matthew 18: 1-6
  • “Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. 14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” – Matthew 19: 13-14
  • “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. 23 For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.” – I Samuel 15:22-23

∆ Ponder on this:

  • What does it mean to become like little children?
  • What is it about a child that is so much more different than an adult? What characteristics and traits do children have that adults do not have or are lacking severely in?

∆ Act on this:

  • Take some time to observe your own child or others that you see in your daily life. Take note of some of their behaviors & traits that you think Jesus may be talking about here (minus the temper tantrums obviously, lol.)

 © Trillion Small 2013 All Rights Reserved.

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