October 22, 2017. Matthew 18.
In Order. Like a Child
When you think of a child what comes to mind? Innocence, wide-eye wonder, curiosity, trust, boundary seekers; those are just a few that come to mind. But what does that have to do with our reading today?
And he said: “Trully I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
We must become like little children. We are supposed to be innocent of the things of this world. We shouldn’t be knowledgable of some of things that go on in this world.
We should be curious about what the Lord wants to show us and tell us. We should want to dive deep into his word and comands with a curiosity like a child and be in awe of everything that he has done. A child’s curiosity is something that should be fed; we should ask the questions that sometimes only a child will ask. The harder questions that may make you uncomfortable but those are the ones that need to be asked and answers need to be sought.
We should have the trust of a child. When your child is sick or hurt, the only one they trust to take care of them is you, their parent. If you tell them they are going to be ok, they trust that they will be. Whatever you tell them is truth to them. They never doubt your love, they know and trust in your love to keep them safe.
They are boudary seekers, even if they do not realize it. They need someone there to tell them when the stove is hot and they shouldn’t touch it. They need someone who is going to tell them that jumping off of the couch will most likely lead to someone getting hurt. They need someone there helping to guide them and protect them. That is who the Lord is for us.
We are to become like little children, moldable, shapeable, trusting, and curious. Seek after your Heavenly Father and be curious about who he is and trust that He will be there to help guide you and lead you and set those boundaries only a Heavenly Father can set for you.