Faith Like a Child

Paul Cillo (Pennsylvania, USA)
 

TODAY'S READING

Matthew 18:1-5

1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 Then he called a little child over to sit among the disciples, 3 and said, “I assure you that if you don’t turn your lives around and become like this little child, you will definitely not enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Those who humble themselves like this little child will be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
 

Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” - Matthew 18:3 (NIV)

It is easy to forget what it was like to have the faith of a child. When I look back at my life, I tend to remember what my life was like after I decided to follow Jesus when I was 17 — no longer a child.

It was not until I began working in a Christian school that I began to understand what it means to have faith like a child. Being around children ages 3 to 14 has opened my eyes to Jesus’ teaching in Matthew. Whenever I pray with my students, they always pray for other people and their needs. On one of my first days at the school, a seven-year-old prayed for his pet that had fleas. These kids trust that God is close and listening. They don’t get caught up in picking the right or best words, sounding eloquent, or what others think of their prayer. Instead they are sincere and present in the moment in a way that I envy.

It is easy for me to get lost in worry about the future, to pray only for my needs without seeking a real encounter with God. When we think back on what it was like to be a child and look at the children around us, we can learn much from those expressions of faith.

 

TODAY'S PRAYER

Heavenly Father, help us to be truly your children, trusting in you and your care for us today and always. Amen.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can learn much from the faith of children around me.