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Coming to Him as a Trusting and Humble Child

He called a little child and set him before them, and said, ‘I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless you repent [that is, change your inner self—your old way of thinking, live changed lives] and become like children [trusting, humble, and forgiving], you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.'” (Matt 18:2-4, AMP)

The other day I had a vision during a time of worship. A mother was holding a baby in her arms. The idea that I got was that the baby was in complete trust, of course because he was in the arms of his mother. The Lord impressed on me that He desires that kind of trust from us toward Him.

The baby doesn’t question the ingredients of its baby food. It doesn’t worry about where they are going or have any concerns for safety. It simply trusts.

I love how the Amplified version describes how children are. They are trusting, humble and forgiving. First off, we trust the Lord completely. We must abandon ourselves to His purposes without question. Think of Abraham who was told by God: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you.” (Gen 12:1) Now that is trusting like a child.

We must also have humility. Jesus said this about the mysteries of God: “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.” (Matthew 11:25) Children approach learning differently than adults. They come with a simplicity. We too can come to God in that way.

I conclusion, by the grace of God, let us be like Abraham and get out of our country (what we know, our comfort zone) and change to become like little children. Think back to when you were first saved. You approached life with a simple wonder. You rightly believed God had wonderful things in store. He does have those things ready for us. They are only discovered as we rest in His arms like that baby.

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