Matthew 18:1-4 “At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, ‘Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.'”
I recently preached a message titled “Just a Kid.” In this message, we explored the subject of having a childlike faith compared to a childish faith. Even though these words may seem similar, there is a vast difference.
A childlike faith is a faith that is totally dependent on God. It is a faith that focuses on Him and trusts Him to use even difficulties for our good and His glory.
“Childlike faith means the daily acknowledgement of utter dependence and that I owe my life and being to another.” Brennan Manning
A childish faith is a faith that is self-centered and demanding. It expects God to shield us from all difficulties and to make life comfortable for us.
After sharing our need for this childlike faith and what it looks like, our focus will now shift to the subject of growing and maturing in our childlike faith. We will look at the characteristics of this childlike faith and see how to develop them in our own personal journeys.
“I realized that my life was to be one of simple, childlike faith, and that my part was to trust, not to do His good pleasure. Form that time, my life was very different.” – 19th and 20th Century Missionary, Charles Studd
I would ask that you join me in praying for this series titled “Childlike Faith in a Childish World and for those who will hear it.
Be Blessed and be a Blessing,