Across the Preacher's Desk: Become as Little Children

July 22, 2021 - In Matthew 18:3, Jesus said, "Unless you change your whole outlook and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." (Phillips). Do we really comprehend what it is to have the faith of a child?

We had our grandsons with us over the weekend, and the oldest is almost 3 and is an early riser. He would come into the kitchen with me before the sun was up and I would be making coffee. One morning he asked me, "Poppy, where is the sun." Well, I summoned all my scientific vocabulary and told him, "the sun is asleep, but it will be waking up soon." Then he asked "why?" (that's his favorite question). I told him the sun needed to rest so it could spend the day lighting and warming the earth.

Our kitchen window faces east. As soon as the sun started to peek out over the treetops, I picked him up and stood him on the cabinet and said, "Mason, look, the sun is waking up."

He looked at me and said, "Poppy, God made the sun... and the moon." There was no question there. It was just a matter of fact statement from a 3 year old informing me the sun was coming up that morning because God made it. Every morning he came in and wanted me to pick him up so he could see the sun "wake up."

Jesus said that is the kind of faith you and I need. A simple childlike faith in God. Maybe we should work on that.

It's something to think about... tbp

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