Like A Little Child 2 — The Trusting Kid
Updated: Aug 15, 2020
Chan Gin Kai
People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Luke 18:15-17)
In our last article, we learnt how God is like a doting father to adorable children; He is never too busy for us, and nothing is too trivial for Him. Today, we’re going to learn how we can be the kind of children that’ll please Him — trusting kids.
Jesus said that we’ll need to “receive the kingdom of God like a little child” to enter it. How do we do that at our age?
We know Jesus wasn’t talking about a Benjamin Button reversal of age, but a reversal of heart. There are mindset changes we’ll need to make to enter God’s Kingdom.
God’s Word Over Our Wisdom
As we get older, we gain some experience and wisdom (I hope). Whether it is accumulated through the school of hard knocks or learnt through diligent study, we’ve seen how such knowledge can serve us quite well.
And so we use our human knowledge often as we counsel and mentor others. We even create syllabi, do workshops and write books and blogs to share what we’ve learnt. We do these with the noblest intentions and even see it help many. But the question is, do we become more reliant on our human knowledge than God’s words?
How much do we use the Bible as we counsel and mentor others? Do we scatter a few quotes from the Bible simply to satisfy the church setting? Do we even “stretch” the meaning of a verse to accommodate the human wisdom we want to impart?
Some of us are fortunate to be blessed with the gift of wisdom and teaching, and it feels great to use our God-given gifts to serve His Kingdom. But we must always remember that our wisdom and intellect must not become more important than God’s words.
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” (1 Corinthians 3:19-20)
This passage applies to all, and especially to those of us in a leading or teaching capacity. No matter how good our human knowledge is or how many we have impacted, the wisdom we have pale in comparison to God’s. Let’s not get puffed up.
I pray that we will all continue learning from experience and research, and adding to our wisdom. That’s a great advantage that the decades in our life give us. But never forget that God’s wisdom far surpasses ours.
Let’s trust that God’s words will have a bigger impact than our wisdom, and make sure we teach the Bible.
God’s Way Over Our Way
As we get older, we become wise to the ways of the world. We’ve learnt how society works and how to fit right in. From our workplace to our homes, from our social circles to our church, we’ve figured out how the different relationships click and how to behave to get what we want.
Of course we’ve got no ill intentions and we do mostly care for the people around us. But do we play a little politics or manipulate a little emotions to get a listening ear? Do we throw a little weight or bully a little bit to get what we want?
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — His good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)
As we become wise to the ways of the world, we get tempted to conform to it to gain an advantage. We make small compromises with our integrity simply because “that’s how the world works”. We take little shortcuts to make life a little easier. Pragmatism trumps righteousness as we try to avoid losing out to others.
We sometimes conform to the world because of pressure too. Whether it is to please a boss, to hang with the cool crowd or to avoid standing out like a sore thumb, we drop God’s way with certain circles. We’ll still follow God’s way in church or in circles where there’s no pressure, but we behave differently where pressure abounds.
When Paul talked about how he had “become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some” (1 Corinthians 9:22), he was advocating relatability, not conformity. He wasn’t teaching us to put on fake personas either. Instead of using his knowledge of the world to fit right in, he used it to relate to people so he could save their souls.
There’s no doubt some practicality in our way, and some strengths in the way of the world, but we need to put our trust in God’s way.
There are advantages that comes with getting older. But these strengths become stumbling blocks when we put them above God’s Word. Let’s keep a childlike trust in God’s love and power, knowing His way is always better than ours.
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Chan Gin Kai
Gin Kai is a film producer who believes in the power of media to inspire positive changes. He has spearheaded disaster relief and capacity building projects in impoverished communities across Asia. He serves actively in the Central Christian Church and describes himself as “just a sinner who wants to get right with God”.