Children, children, children! If you are a mom you adore your children and anything regarding your child brings a lot of emotions depending on what season you are in through the journey of motherhood.
Children make us laugh with their sheer innocence, can irritate us during those tantrum terrible two years and make us proud when they go through a milestone like turning 16 or graduating from University. One thing is for sure, our lives change when we have children and they bring so much meaning to life.
The Word of God says something very profound about children.
Apparently if we don’t become like little children we won’t be able to go to heaven.
So in other words, little children should be OUR role models. Yes, exactly.
Let me tell you the story. One day, Jesus was with His disciples when they asked him an interesting question. Matthew 18:1b ‘Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ I’m almost sure they were not expecting Jesus’ answer but he took a little child and in Matthew 18:3 Jesus replied ‘and said “Assuredly I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.’
Talk about a Truth Bomb!
Seriously though, who would have thought? I mean aren’t children supposed to learn from us? We are the adults after all. Well, if you want to go to heaven like me then it’s time to take a look at what you can learn from a little child.
The 5 great qualities that make children our role models are:
1. Children trust their parents completely
• Ever noticed that children trust their parents (or any adult) in particular completely? They hardly doubt what we say. When children are scared, they run to their parents for safety. I know my daughter always holds my hand whenever we are walking especially in an unfamiliar place. That’s trust.
• During an argument with a friend or sibling have you heard a child say ‘I’m going to tell my mom’ or ‘I’m going to tell my dad’? Yes children trust their parents completely to solve their issues.
• Proverbs 3: 5-6 says ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths’.
• As children of God, we ought to trust Him with our lives, trust that He can deal with any issue or challenge we may face. Trust that He is for us and not against us.
2. Children have no worries
• Do you know the popular phrase ‘sleep like a baby’? One of the reasons children can sleep peacefully is because they have no worries. They believe their parents will take care of their problems, if any.
• I know my daughter doesn’t know if there will be food tomorrow for her to eat or not, whether her school fees is paid or not, and even if we are saving for her college education. She just isn’t worried about all that.
• As adults, struggling to sleep is usually associated with stressing or worrying about something we did, are doing or intend to do. We worry about it all-past, present and future! How exhausting? No wonder we can’t sleep peacefully!
• In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus Christ highlights in detail why we should not worry. Matthew 6:25 says,
‘Therefore, l say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more important than food and the body more than clothing’
Jesus then goes on to show how God takes care of the birds and flowers and how much more He will take care of us-after all we bear His image and were made in His likeness.
• The key to not worrying is giving thanks through prayer and letting God know our challenges. Once we do that we can have the peace of God which is beyond any human understanding (Phil 4:6-7). This is how we can surely ‘sleep like a baby’.
3. The best things children need are usually free
• When my daughter was born, she didn’t need money or toys- all she cried for was milk. Free milk, that’s what was best for her. That’s what all babies want when they are born. Whether it’s the baby of a president or cashier, all babies have the same need when they are born-free milk.
• In the same way God’s word tells us in 1 Peter 2:2 ‘as new–born babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby’. To crave is to feel a powerful desire for something. We ought to desire God’s word above all things. To wake up in the morning and desire His word, to know that we can’t survive without it. We can survive without money, but we can’t survive without the Word of God-and the best thing is, it’s free.
4. Children are SUPER forgiving
• Children can be arguing and fighting the one minute and after a few minutes be playing together again.I bet if you ask those kids a week later or even the next day about that fight, they might not even know what you are talking about.
• Forgiveness is such a big topic in our Christian lives. Not forgiving can be toxic. Holding on to past hurts or grudges can be a stumbling block in your relationship with God.
• Colossians 3:13 says we it better ‘bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so also you must do.’ We forgive because Christ first forgave us. The Cross is evidence of His forgiveness.
• The Lord’s prayer teaches us to forgive as we have been forgiven. Matthew 6:12 ‘and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us’ Not forgiving is assuming you are perfect and will not be asking for God’s forgiveness for yourself anytime soon. And we all know that’s impossible.
• What about the people who keep doing us wrong? How many times are we to forgive them? Matt 18:22 ‘Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.”’ That’s almost 500 times you need to forgive someone. Now l don’t know about you, but who’s got time to keep a record of 500 times of forgiving someone?
• The point is, the number of times you should forgive is limitless (which is the way children forgive). We forgive whenever we have to. Just like God forgives us every day without counting how many times we sin.
5. Children are humble. They have such open hearts.
• One of the great qualities about little children is their humbleness. They are open to new ideas, to teaching, to correction (well, sometimes).
Newsflash! You can only receive Jesus Christ if you are humble.
Only when you can admit that you can’t save yourself from sin, that you need His grace and love, and for Him to be your Lord then you can receive Jesus into your heart.
Ok, so what action can you take today?
1) Put your trust in God. If there is an area of your life you are struggling to trust God in, memorise one verse on trust and pray over it and choose the attitude of a child-leave it to your Father, God to take care of it.
2) Choose not to worry. My Pastor always says ‘Worry is giving a vote of no confidence’ Ouch! Worry is thinking you can solve your problems better than God, the Creator of the heavens and earth-and that my dear friend is just not possible.
3) Forgive those you need to forgive, even if it’s yourself. If God can forgive you, why should you not forgive you, or others for that matter? Whatever it is, l have 3 words for you today: Let. It. Go. Yes it takes time but decide to start the forgiveness journey today.
4) Desire God’s word. Make it a habit, to read His word even starting with just a verse a day before you begin your day. Download the Bible App (I highly recommend YouVersion app), and carry the word of God with you wherever you are.
5) Remain humble and open to God’s leading and direction in every area of your life. He knows best.
My encouragement to you:
I love how Gods’ word helps us see things in a whole new way. Who knew we could learn so much from children, right. By looking at children differently, we can learn from them qualities that make us live in a way that pleases God and ultimately gets us to heaven. That is the ultimate goal after all.
Lord thank you for opening my eyes to such a powerful truth today. Your word is just amazing. Thank you that l can even learn from a little child how to trust You more, forgive others, desire Your word and remain humble. May l always reflect on this truth as l live for you daily.
In Jesus name I pray. Amen