Thrust Your Trust Onto The Lord (Luke 18:17)
Luke 18:17, Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.
D. L. Moody once returned from a meeting and reported two and a half conversions. “Two adults and a child, I suppose?” asked his host. “No,” said Moody, “two children and an adult. The children gave their whole lives. The adult had only half of his left to give.”
What does this verse mean? Does it mean that we will all become children in Heaven? I don't think so at all. Abraham and Lazarus were not children when the rich man in Hell saw them. We do, however, need to have the attitude of a child. When it comes to the Lord and having faith, children can be great teachers. Children teach us how we are to come to Christ.
Your kids will receive a gift that you offer them. If you offer your child an ice cream cone, he doesn’t say, “I don’t believe in ice cream.” He doesn’t say, “What’s the catch?” He doesn’t wonder if you might be poisoning him. He doesn’t worry about the lack of nutrition or the fact that it may cause cavities. He doesn’t feel like he has to pay you back. A child will trust you and he instantly receive your gift and enjoy it. Adults aren’t that way. We’re too proud or too skeptical to accept gifts. If someone gives us a gift, we feel uncomfortable unless we can even the score. Or, we wonder, “What’s the catch? Nothing is absolutely free!” The Gospel is! God provides everything. All we can do is receive it in simple faith, just as children trustingly receive a gift from their parents. You can’t offer to pay God back. You can only trust Him as a loving Father and receive the gift of eternal life that He provides through Jesus Christ. The Bible instructs us that we can learn from children how to come to Christ.
Like a satisfied baby in the arms of a loving mother, when you trust in the Lord, you will be blessed. Like the little boy that confidently jumps from a tree with no hesitation into the strong arms of his father. When you live by faith in God, you will be blessed. Children are very trusting and believe things easily. Children can teach us much about faith and unrestrained trust. Their minds are not clouded with skepticism and doubt. We need that attitude with Christ. The way to enter God's kingdom is by trusting in the Lord without restraint or regret. Receive Him readily and without pride as a child will accept candy that is offered to him or her. Only those willing, in humility, to repent before God with simple faith in Him shall have eternal life. The lesson is of repentance, humility, and simple faith. It was a clear rebuke of the self-righteous, hard-hearted form of Judaism which prevailed.
The disciples thought children cannot come into the kingdom until they are grown-ups. Jesus says, grown-ups cannot come into the kingdom until they become like children. The normal trust and humility of children is how people are to be in regards to heaven. Faith, or trust in Christ, and humility in coming to Christ are required to received His gift of eternal life. We tell children to behave like adults. Christ tells adults to behave like children. This does not mean we are to be childish but rather to be child-like.
PRAYER: Father, too often I fail to trust in You when You Word instructs me too. I believe that Your Word is true. Help me to trust in You just like a child trusts completely in a loving parent. Thank You that You are always faithful. I love You! In Jesus' name. Amen.
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