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Become Like Little Children

Weekly Devotionals

Become Like Little Children

Matthew 18:1-5

1At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, 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 one such child in my name welcomes me.

In Korea, a reality TV show on children spending time with their Fathers is popular. And whenever I watch this program, it reminds me of what it means to be like a child and what our relationship with our heavenly Father is supposed to be like.    

In one of the episodes, there was a scene where the father and the child was in the lounge together, but each was doing their own thing- the father was reading his book on the couch and the child was playing with toys on the floor. But then after a while, the father went into his room to continue reading his book. At first, the child hadn’t noticed that he had moved, but as soon as she noticed that her dad was no longer in the lounge, she got up, went around looking for her dad, and as soon as she spotted him in his room, she picked up all her toys, went into his room, laid all the toys on the floor again, and continued playing with all her toys.

As I was watching this, I realized how much this child just loved being around her dad. They didn’t have to talk much, they weren’t doing things together at that particular moment, but she just wanted to be in his presence. She simply loved her dad and being with him.

Jesus tells us to be humble like little children. What does it mean to be humble? We could define it many ways, but I believe it’s being 100% God-reliant, God-conscious, God-loving, God-seeking, and God-trusting like children would with their parents: it’s being totally dependent on Him, fully knowing that we are nothing without him and that we cannot live our lives apart from him; It’s fully trusting that He’s our good father and that He loves us, cares for us and we don’t need to worry about a thing! It’s about looking to God, fixing our eyes upon Him always, living, enjoying and having our being in his presence 24/7 whatever we are doing; and it’s about shifting our focus away from us (where we are at the centre of the world) unto God and being God-focused where He is at the centre of our lives.

May we all become humble like little children, today.