When we read this verse, we think of having a child-like faith to accept Jesus as Savior. But I believe He is talking about even more than a child-like trust. In context Jesus told His disciples this during their dispute about who was the greatest in the kingdom. Jesus told them that the greatest would be the one who is humble like a child. "Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven." (verse 4) I saw what He was talking about first hand the other evening.
We were at my granddaughter's seven year old birthday party. While there she got up to go into the kitchen with her plate of birthday cake in her hand. On the way there she dropped it on the floor. Her cousin was standing right beside her. So when she dropped it she immediately yelled at him-- as if it were his fault. (I saw the whole thing and knew what had happened.) As she was wiping up her mess, I went to her and leaned down to where she was and quietly told her-- you need to apologize to Dakota; he didn't make you drop your cake; I saw it all; you need to tell him you are sorry. When she finished cleaning up her mess, she went straight to the trash can to throw it away, and then I saw her go straight to her cousin. She hugged him and said, "I'm sorry".
I believe this is what the scripture was also talking about. When she was confronted with what she had done wrong, she immediately went to ask for forgiveness. This is the way the Lord wants all of His children (us bigger children included) to be. Just humble ourselves without complaining, without trying to justify what we did, without trying to get out of it, without making excuses, without pouting. Just humble ourselves and do the right thing-- the God-thing.
I was disappointed when she yelled at him, falsely accusing him, but I was so proud of her when she did the right thing and apologized to him. When we do what is wrong, the Heavenly Father is disappointed. But He will whisper in our ears by the Holy Spirit and convict us. When He does, will we be stubborn and rebellious? Or will we humble ourselves like a little child and do what it right? If we do, He is "proud" of us like I was my granddaughter.
Have a great day. Are you being like an humble child, or rebellious adult?
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