He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell you the truth, 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 a little child like this in my name welcomes me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
Jesus tells us that we must “become like little children” if we are to enter into the Kingdom of God. But what does this actually mean? Should we all start acting and talking very childishly and immaturely? No I don’t think that’s what Jesus meant.
Here’s some of my thoughts on this -
Children tend to be full of life and fill of joy. When they rest or sleep, they are very peaceful and look almost angelic. But most of all they tend to be very loving, and less embarrassed than us adults at showing love and affection towards others.
Do you think there’s anything in this? Is it possible that God could just be wanting us to be more fun loving and more willing to share our love with others openly? I guess it would make sense for God to want those who claim to be apart of His family to be full of Joy, because after all, the Kingdom of God should be a Kingdom full of celebration.
All this reminds me of the a drawing a saw a while ago – a pencil drawing of Jesus called “The Laughing Jesus“. In it Jesus is surrounded by children and his head is thrown back in laughter. What a wonderful depiction of the Kingdom of Heaven this picture gives us.
I hope you enjoy the following video of Jars of Clay singing Faith Like A Child: