Jesus makes this bold statement in the book of Matthew,
“I tell you the truth,
unless you change and become like
you will never enter the kingdom of
I don’t know about you but when I hear the phrase,
“will never enter the kingdom of heaven,”
my ears open up all the way;
and I want to know everything I can about what comes before that statement.
Jesus makes it clear.
We must change.
We must become like little children.
What does that mean??
I don’t think it means we have to trust everything and everyone without question.
Other Scriptures, like I Thess. 5:21, make it very clear that we are to
“test everything and hold fast
to what is good.”
I don’t think it means that we depend on everyone else for our spiritual growth.
II Ti. 2:15 says,
Do your best to present yourself to
God as one approved,
a worker who does not need to be
ashamed and who correctly handles
the word of truth.
When Jesus says to “change and become little children,”
I think he is talking about our spirit.
Our level of humility and acceptance and trust in Someone who longs to take care of our every need.
My nephew cannot walk yet.
He just learned to crawl.
He cannot feed himself.
He cannot get himself something to drink when he is thirsty.
He is dependent on everyone around him for his every need.
But he doesn’t worry.
He doesn’t stress.
He doesn’t fret over what is coming next.
He is filled with complete joy and unconditional trust.
When I think of Jesus saying,
“change and become like little children,”
I want to see this picture in my mind.
I want God to see this kind-of joy and trust in my soul when He looks at me.
I want Him to know that while I am trying to grow closer to Him in knowledge and depth of faith,
I am still happily, joyfully trusting Him for the next bite of life.
Even when life is messy,
I want to smile and live with my heart wide open to what He has in store next.
- No eye has seen, no ear has
- heard, no human mind has
- the things God has prepared for
- those who love him
- I Cor. 2:9
It’s not always easy to live with this kind of spirit,but I believe the more I choose to set my mind on living this kind of life the easier it will become.