When we say someone is acting childish we mean that they are immature and selfish. These are phases of childhood that we all pass through, but some people get stuck there. Sometimes children think that the world revolves around them, and they are the center of the universe. What they want and how they want to get it is all that matters. When things don’t go their way they get angry, pout, and throw a tantrum. Grown folk who are childish have a hard time being humble – they want to tell God what to do. When we are childish it is difficult to surrender to God’s will for our life and we have no peace.
Being like a child is different. Children are curious and full of wonder about life. Children can believe that with God all things are possible. Children can expect miracles in their lives. Children can accept things that are beyond their understanding because they trust the one who is telling them. Children have not hardened their heart yet. They are sensitive and vulnerable.
When Jesus told his disciples that we must be like little children what he was really saying was that we should nurture our inner child in order to experience the wonders and presence of God. When we are child-like, we are open to miracles. As children of God we can accept things by faith that are beyond our understanding because we trust our Father who was revealed to us through Jesus. Child-like people have soft hearts that can be broken and mended.
If your inner child has gone to sleep, Jesus says to wake it up so you can experience the presence of God the Father in your life. Jesus was a grown man but still child-like when it came to his Father. As it was with him, so let it be for us today on Father’s Day.
Rev. Walker is the pastor of Emanuel Reformed Church www.emanuelreformedchurch.com.
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