2021_03_08 Insight Post- Kim Feld
This week's reading- Matthew 19 & 20
Being a mom has been one of the greatest joys of my life. My son is now 25, but if I close my eyes, I can picture his sweet little face and remember what his toddler’s voice sounded like. On Friday, Emma wrote beautifully about how we change as we “mature” (if you missed her post, please go back and read it at www.nhcbrp.com ). But Jesus once again in Matthew 19 encourages us to be like little children.
In Matthew 19:13-14, we read about people, probably parents, bringing their children for Jesus to pray a blessing for them. The disciples get annoyed and rebuke the parents, but Jesus intervenes. He said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” So, in chapter 18 Jesus tells the disciples that they must become like little children to enter the kingdom of heaven. This is in response to the jockeying they were doing for a position, asking who would be the greatest. Now, in chapter 19, Jesus says the kingdom of heaven belongs to those that are like children. What does it mean to be like a child regarding our faith? As I’ve thought about this, I have three things that stood out to me.
The first thing that comes to mind is that children are not self-reliant; they are dependent on their parents or caregivers. When children are small, they need their caregivers to provide for all of their needs, every single one. God wants us to be so reliant on Him that we recognize that nothing in our lives comes to us without His provision. James 1:17 says:
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
He wants us to run to Him first when we are in need, praying for His provision; He promises to always be there.
The next thing that I thought of is how curious children are. They want to know everything and are eager to learn. I remember my son as a toddler pointing at everything around him and asking, “What’s that?” Wonder and delight were in his curiosity, and I think God wants that from us as well. He has created a wonderful and intricately planned planet for us to enjoy. He wants us to see Him in all that He has created, including other people. Children are born without prejudice, and if they notice differences, they see them as worthy of delight. Curiosity about God and about each other can pave a path for learning and growth.
The last observation that I will share is that children make faith very simple. I love how our children at New Hope are taught about what it means to make Jesus the “boss of your life.” Admit that you have sin in your life, Believe that Jesus died to take the punishment for your sins, and Choose to follow Jesus. God made it pretty simple too: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). God loved, so He gave.
Children rely on, they learn, and they trust with simple faith. I think Jesus wants the same from us.
Executive Director of Education and Outreach