Day 170: Faith Like a Child

Luke 18:15-17

They were also bringing their babies to him, that he might touch them. But when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. Jesus summoned them, saying, “Allow the little children to come to me, and don’t hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Most certainly, I tell you, whoever doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a little child, he will in no way enter into it.”

When I read what Jesus is saying here, I remember that everyone who wants to be saved must first come to the place of simple faith. Christianity and God cannot be scientifically proven. In fact, the things we most desire and need can’t be scientifically proven. I’m thinking of things like love, joy, peace and truth. Even history cannot be scientifically proven because you can’t repeat history in a laboratory not to mention our future. Science is a “see it to believe it” sort of thing. It’s not that science isn’t helpful and good, it’s just that it can’t prove the existence of certain very important things. We should remember this whenever we hear the weather report! Here’s what the Bible says is necessary to be a Christian:

2 Corinthians 5:7

for we walk by faith, not by sight.

As intelligent as being “scientifically correct” may sound, it just isn’t child-like enough to get you into Heaven. Now I’m not saying that we shouldn’t be intelligent about our faith. Not at all! In fact, we need to be careful that what we believe makes sense, and that may require intelligence that goes beyond that of a child. The Bible also says this:

1 Corinthians 13:11

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child. Now that I have become a man, I have put away childish things.

Having the faith of a child is not a childish thing to God! It is a wise thing. It is a foolish thing to be so proud that you won’t listen to that which others have witnessed. If you are your own wisest advisor, beware:

Proverbs 26:16

The sluggard (lazy person) is wiser in his own eyes
than seven men who answer with discretion.

A child is well aware that he isn’t as smart as others and that he needs to depend on his parents. We need to depend on our God and only those who are willing to do that make it into the Kingdom of God.