Being Like A Child

Matthew 18:3 – Then he said, “I tell all of you with certainty, unless you change and become like little children, you will never get into the kingdom from heaven. (ISV)

 

My friends and I were sharing coffee and stories about our children because ….. well, that’s what moms do! One of my friends shared how she was left humbled by her five-year-old when they were preparing goodie bags for the daughter’s soccer team. As the mom filled each bag with a healthy snack, the daughter added a handmade cross. The mom told her that she shouldn’t be doing that, that not everyone would appreciate the addition and that some people might even be offended and angry about it. Her daughter ‘s reply was “Aren’t those the people who need the cross the most?” Another friend began to tell of a recent trip she had taken with her daughter. They were staying in a five star resort with all of the fanciness that goes along with each of those stars, but rather than being struck speechless by her surroundings, the little girl asked every person she saw if they knew Jesus. Once they were alone in their room, the mom sat her daughter down for a mother/daughter chat that began “You asking people if they know Jesus is a good thing, but “. Before she could finish her sentence, her daughter interrupted with “if you think it’s a good thing, why aren’t you doing it too?” Mark 8:38 tells us that being ashamed of God carries consequences. Most Christians would become quite defensive at being labeled “ashamed”, but aren’t we being ashamed when we are more concerned about other’s feelings than their future? Psalm 119:3 tells us not to be ashamed but to look at God’s commandments, and in Mark 16:15 Jesus commands us to tell the world. I’m not suggesting that we loudly proclaim that everyone we meet is a sinner bound for hell, but how would we behave if we saw them as lost in darkness and in need of light? Matthew 5:16 says, In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” (HCSB) News media reports when someone admits to being a Christian just before dying. What would it report if we lived that title every day?

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