Daily Devotional 2-7-20

The Heart of a Child 
By Velma Tim

“Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.” Mark 10:15-16

In both the Old and New Testaments the term “kingdom” is understood as dynamic in nature and refers primarily to the rule or reign of a king. This is very significant, because Jesus tells his followers that until they receive His kingdom like children, they will not enter it. What is it about the character of children that we can emulate as we pursue God’s kingdom and reign on earth?

  • Children are very tender at heart, forgiving, and follow instructions (sometimes they struggle with the latter).
  • Their parents shape them. Most of the time, their outcome in life is based on what their parents, school, church, and culture teach them. In Proverbs 22:6, God encourages us to train children in the way they should go so that when they are old they will not depart from the truth. This means we must allow God and His word to shape and mold us. 
  • Children have complete trust in their parents. Kids trust their parents; they know their parents will provide safety and security for them. A child will easily take a risk and try new things when they have parental support. As adults, God calls us to trust Him. This means having child-like faith and confidence. We often love to analyze everything and only follow God’s instructions when it makes sense to us. Children just trust and believe in their parents.
  • Children are dependent on parents. A child-like dependence does not lead to enslavement; rather, it empowers them to be all they were made to be. As children of God, he wants us to rely on him, depend on his leadership, protection, provision, etc. We can rely on him in every situation and he will not fail us.

When we experience God’s kingdom and reign in our lives, we experience His own kind of life. We enter His shalom and this happens as we cultivate a child-like heart.

PRAYER: Lord, give me a child-like heart.  Help me not to become too grown up before you.  Amen.