Can you remember what it felt like to be a child? We were all little children at one time. Try to remember. Go back in your mind to a simpler time, a time when you had no worries, whatsoever. Think about how big the world seemed. It was like one huge adventure waiting to be explored. If you were anything like me, all you thought about was playing and being carefree. Had we known as children how tough life really was, do you think we could have experienced childhood to the fullest?
Think about the faith you had – faith that the world really was a safe place. That comforting faith that confirmed if you went to sleep in the movies or in church, you would not be left behind. You knew your Dad would gently carry your sleeping body over his shoulder and tuck you into your own bed when you arrived home. The faith that confirmed in your heart if you were hurt or injured you always had your Mom and Dad to take care of you. The faith that there would always be something on the table to eat – it may not have been much, but there was always something. It was a faith that promised you would always be taken care of, no matter what.
Then there was the faith that said you can be anything you want to be when you grow up – even President! There was the faith that believed in miracles – in fairy tale endings. Faith that trusted people; that trusted parents, teachers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, or whoever it might’ve been – we just trusted adults. They seemed so smart and you (as a child) thought they had all the answers.
As a child in Sunday school, we trusted everything taught to us. We didn’t stop and analyze it. We didn’t pick it apart or compare it to another scripture. We didn’t look up the meaning of the words in the Greek or Hebrew text. We just knew; Jesus loves me…this I know….for the bible tells me so…..Remember the joy that knowledge brought? It’s really all we needed to know.
What happens when we grow up? Is it just the stress of daily life that causes us to stop believing in miracles – to stop feeling safe – to stop trusting people…to stop trusting Jesus and start depending upon ourselves?
Look at this verse - Matthew 18:2 - 3 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
What if we simply believed that verse? What if that were the only thing Jesus spoke during His three year ministry and our salvation depended completely on that verse? Would it be enough to convince you? Could you do it – could you become as a child again? Of course it’s not the only thing He said but I think it is one of the most important things and He wouldn’t have said it were it not true.
Imagine you are the child He brought into His midst in that scripture….you hear His words. You feel His love. You know who He is and you trust Him completely – He is your Father and your Saviour and He’s talking about you! Experience that joy of knowing you are loved…..the comfort that you will always be taken care of. You will never be left behind or forsaken. There will always be food on His table. Through Him, you can be anything you want to be and do anything you want to do. He represents total security – complete, unbridled love – joy unspeakable and everlasting glory!
Abandon all the fears, the insecurities and the worries you have accumulated over the years. Be as a child again – and in childlike faith….just BELIEVE in Him and trust Him with everything.