When Jesus rebuked his disciples for trying to chase the children away, he said to them,
Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it. (Mark 10:14-15)
What does it mean to receive the kingdom like a child? What is a child like?
1. They are completely trusting. Until they are hardened by years of hurt, lies, and betrayal, they have a heart that is totally trusting and believes what it is told. That’s the kind of heart that we need. Sin, at its base, is a lack of trust in God. It’s saying, “I don’t believe what you say. I don’t believe you want what’s best for me. So I’m going to do things my way.”
But as long as we hold that attitude, we will never enter God’s kingdom.
2. They are completely dependent, and they know it. They can’t provide their own food. They can’t provide their own clothes or any of their needs. They are completely dependent on their parents to provide these things. In the same way, we will never enter the kingdom of heaven until we come to the realization of how dependent we are on God. That there is nothing we can do to buy or earn our salvation. Rather, we simply rely on his grace and the work Christ did on the Cross.
It’s so easy, it’s hard. People don’t want to believe it. They want to think their salvation is something they can work for and earn. They don’t want to admit that there is simply nothing they can do.
But it comes back to my first point. They need to learn to trust God completely. And Jesus said,
The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent. (John 6:29)
How about you? Are you coming to God with the heart of a child?