As an adult to be labeled as childish is not a good thing. It usually indicates that the person shows lack of responsibility or maturity. However, there are some areas in our lives that Jesus tells us to become like little children. After the disciples had asked him who the greatest is in the kingdom of heaven, Jesus calls a child over to him to answer the question, “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3)
Does that mean Jesus wants us to throw a tantrum, pout, or act out when we do not get our own way? No. Jesus is referring to the faith of children. Having child-like faith means to accept the unacceptable and believe the unbelievable. It means to take God at his word, to love and be loved without bias, baggage, or strings attached. As adults when we see the power of God move in a situation we tend to excuse it as coincidence, modern medicine, or something we said or did.
Then Jesus tells us, “Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:4). Children do not have agendas, they are not running the rat race or climbing the ladder of success. Kids just are. There are no pretentions, masks, or manipulation. They are who God made them to be. Children exist to experience the world and others.
If we could learn to become childlike then maybe we would live more, love more, and take Jesus at his word.