This is what God gave me today in His word:
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. (Matthew 18:1-4)
Jesus is trying to make a point here: pride isn’t something which is acceptable. Children back then were taught and ordered to be submissive and obedient, to be humble. Which would be why Jesus used a child to make His example. Another characteristic of younger children, though, is their complete faith. You could tell the average toddler that the moon hangs by a string, and he’d believe you completely. Which is the type of faith that a believer needs; faith that allows us to see design, and decide that even though we cannot see Him, there must be a designer. Although Jesus was specifically referring to humility here, we can see other correlations between the believer and children.
Another aspect of children, is their occasional orneriness. (Something which I would, unfortunately, know, as I have on occasion been “that child”). Christians (whether Children or not) can be prone to this Spiritually as well. Sometimes we forget that Jesus has given us the ultimate gift, when He died a death on a cross for us, and we become… Stubborn… towards our Spiritual Father, God. God wants us to have faith, and He wants us to be humble, but He also wants us to be obedient. In light of Jesus’ obedience to His Father; obedience unto death, being willing to do a comparatively small task on behalf of God is nothing.
It’s important to note here, that we can only ever be obedient to God, much less humble and have faith, through Jesus. Our old nature has been crucified with Christ, and He’s given us a new nature; a child-of-God nature. The point then is this: though there are many other correlations between children, and children of God, Jesus enables all of them in us.
You are Loved!