“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”
It amazes me how the lowest in rank, status, knowledge, influence, ability, and credentials is the very one that Jesus spoke so highly of in the verse above. It wasn’t the person with the biggest house, the tightest car, the most letters behind their name, or the most zeros in their bank account…nope it was a feeble child who probably couldn’t read, write, speak well, or do anything without the assistance of an adult.
What is it that children have that we as adults lack so much in? As I thought about my many nieces and nephews I was able to come up with a few:
1. Understand the concept of total trust & dependence
If you have ever observed an infant/young toddler you will have noticed how dependent they are on their parents. From clothing, to food, to shelter, to protection, to everything…the child recognizes that everything they need mommy or daddy has.
Babies trust you will feed them when they are hungry, they trust you will hold them carefully and not drop them, and they trust that if they are sick you will take care of them.
As adults I feel that we are lacking in this area due to living in an individualist culture that has programmed us to be so independent and self-sufficient. Even the thought of having to depend on someone for all of our needs is frightening for some.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.”
2. Are present driven
Just watch a child on the playground and you will easily see this trait displayed. They have no concept of time and they are not worried a bit about what has happened and what will happen in the future. They are fully engaged in the task at hand and that is playing and having a great time.
I feel that we as adults struggle with this so much because we live in such a busy world that is so demanding of all of our time and attention. We barely can enjoy a meal without having to rush on to the next meeting. Some barely can enjoy the time with a friend or loved one because the demands of others in your life tug at you continuously.
The idea of just sitting in the moment and relaxing even sounds a bit foreign too I am sure. This is definitely a problem considering that God desires us to be still in His presence and draw near to Him as we draws near to us. He even tells us not to worry about tomorrow because we can do absolutely nothing about it.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about it’s own things. Sufficient for the day is it’s own trouble.”
3. Know how to return to their primary source for comfort and guidance
Watching a toddler learn to walk is the cutest little thing! They stand with a wide base to hold their balance and then they place their arms out in front as they wobble forward reaching for you or the next sturdy object to take hold of before they plop on the floor.
Although they stand at a distance, they know that you are their true source that will hold them down no matter what they do.
Adults may struggle with this because if we do not feel God’s active hand in our life we feel He has neglected us. Oh if we could be like children and know that although you are distant…you are still close enough to catch us if we fall! And the only reason the parent keeps the distance is so the child learns how to walk and is confident in his/her ability to do what the father/mother has said he/she could do.
Jesus hasn’t left your side…He is simply standing in front of you (already at your desired destination) waiting for you to trust Him and take the first step. Many times we find ourselves stuck as a rebellious 2 or 3 year old who insists on putting their own clothes or shoes on only to find out that they cannot do it on their own and need some assistance (as the parents already knew in the first place but let them have at it anyways).
Stop wasting time trying to do it on your own and return back to your primary source (God) and let Him guide you every step of the way.
“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
A common phrase is “Step Your Game Up” when you are trying to tell somebody to become better or improve his or her skills at a certain thing. I called this blog “Step Your Game Down” because I feel that we focus so much on obtaining more status, more money, more credentials, and so on and so forth. However, God is not concerned one lick about all of that so He is not concerned about you “stepping your game up” in this sense but rather He desires you to step it down and become child-like…totally trusting, depending, and leaning on Him for EVERY aspect of your life!!
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