Childlike Faith

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Key Bible Verse: “I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” (Luke 18:17)

Dig Deeper: 

Jesus speaks to curiosity-dodging adults [saying,] “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 18:3-4, NIV emphasis added).

Jesus asks a question even as he makes this statement: What if you became like a child? What if you stepped into this kind of attitude, the dependence and glorious poetry of knowing that you have so much more to learn, and through that you became truly great?

It is, however, so easy to retreat into my carefully crafted adulthood and say, “Well, relationships are complicated.” “People are strange.” “You don’t know our backstory.” “They had it coming.” “This isn’t the first time.” And on and on. I stumble as I walk; I return curses for curses instead of learning how to bless and be a “benediction” to others (Rom. 12:14).

In all honesty, spiritual formation — every discipline, every retreat, every conversation, every work of mission — is a process of regressing in order to grow, to receive. The more childlike we become, the more questions we ask, the more clarity we have about this glorious kingdom of God breaking into our everyday world.

– Casey Tygrett in Becoming Curious

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