Simple-Minded?

Posted on: November 14th, 2017 by Nate No Comments

444HWhat does it mean to be child-like? In looking back at when I was a child and also at my children today, I see some things that typify what that means.

Total dependence, full trust, blunt openness, complete sincerity; these are just some of the characteristics children live in. They are also some of the characteristics we are supposed to live out in our faith. Luke 18:16-17 says, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”

That’s a huge challenge because it’s not as easy as it sounds. When you’re young it comes naturally. But as you grow up and move through the challenges of life, you begin to “know better.” It’s hard to be dependent on God when you see a way that seems better or easier. It’s difficult to trust God in the midst of tough times. It’s not always easy to be blunt with Him either. How do you feel telling the creator of the universe that you didn’t particularly like how He designed your morning simply because it was inconvenient? Sincerity seems easy until we realize what it takes to demonstrate how we feel.

Some people think this passage in Luke says you’re supposed to be simple-minded, naïve, and unquestioning to be a good Christian. I don’t buy it. There is a lot more naiveté involved in thinking I know better than the guy who made the earth.

Instead every time I read that passage, I’m challenged to take stock of the child-like nature of my faith. Dependence and trust, honesty and sincerity before God. That’s what child-like faith looks like.

Be a witness,
Nate

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