Like little children…

“When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.” ~ C.S. Lewis

Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. ~ Matthew 18:2-4

Sometimes in our attempt to be “very grown up” we lose some important childlike qualities such as the humility to be willing to ask for help. Our pride or fear of looking foolish gets in the way.

  • Having trouble with the car or an appliance or a house project… you learn to ask for help
  • Having trouble with a school or work project… you learn to ask for help
  • Having trouble understanding your wife or girlfriend or women in general… you learn that there are some things in life that no one can help you with… (just keeping it real!)

Well… you get the idea.

The Holy Spirit dwells in us to lead us in living a life that delights in God and reflects His glory. But we’re learning a whole new way to live – one that revolves around God rather than us.

Because it’s a new way to live and because we tend to gravitate back to old patterns, we need help navigating unchartered territory. While the Holy Spirit is more than willing to help, we must be willing to ask for it when we need it.

 So, what do you need help with?

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© Richard Alvey and iLife Journey, 2012. All rights reserved.

 

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4 Comments

Filed under Children, Christianity, CS Lewis, Glory of God, Holy Spirit, Humility, Religion and Spirituality

4 responses to “Like little children…

  1. @”I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children”

    this caught my attention.

    as I look into the translations, only the NLT translated it this way.

    to further check, I went to the greek and it never mentioned ‘SIN’
    rather it says ‘CONVERTED’

    “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven”

    how sad! entering the kingdom of God is always associated as ‘we must turn away from our sins.’ or that ‘repentance is turning away from sin’

    if we can turn away from our sins, then Jesus death is in vain!

    precisely Jesus died to take away our sins! amen. we should turn to Jesus, our substitute, our perfect lamb, our salvation, our righteousness, our sanctification, our justification. amen. and amen.

    🙂

    – grace and peace

  2. One of my favourite passages. Thanks Rick.

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