Jesus calls us to accept the kingdom of God like a child. He warns that if we do not, we will not enter it. As He has children gathered around Him, Jesus says the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Is Jesus calling us to a basic, immature faith? I do not think so. For each of us, our faith starts out smaller than it will be and our faith should grow and develop naturally, as a child does.
Much like a child as he or she grows, our faith also becomes more complex as we come to understand God and our relationship with Him better. We learn to love more easily. We learn to forgive quicker. And we come to understand our ‘responsibilities’ as Christ-followers in deeper and more impactful ways. The call to serve others as Christ did becomes louder as we better learn to put self aside more and more. The Spirit’s voice becomes clearer as we are refined and come to see ways we can follow closer and be less prone to temptation and sin.
Our faith must also hold onto some characteristics that were strongest in childhood. As a child we were often fearless and thought we could do anything. In faith we are called to step out and to do things we never thought we could. With this kind of faith we step out where God is leading and trust that He can do all things. Children also do not understand limits. If one cookie is good, ten are better. Such should be our understanding of God’s limitless love. No matter how much we receive from God, there is always more. And no matter how much we pour out, there is always more to give away. May we love without hesitation, knowing that God can do anything.
Scripture reference: Mark 10: 13-16