Are you childlike toward God?

John Piper, in a sermon on Luke 18 “Let the Children Come to Me”

jesus-childrenIn verse 15 there were parents bringing their infants to Jesus. The disciples rebuke them. Jesus rejects this rebuke and encourages the parents to bring their children to him. Then, as if to warn the disciples, he says, “Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” In other words, when Jesus sees a disciple hindering a child from coming to him, he sees someone who is in danger of missing the kingdom because of pride.

If you are receiving the kingdom yourself like a little child, then you will not do anything to hinder little children from coming to Jesus. But if you are trying to enter the kingdom some other way than by receiving it like a child, then you will probably be a hindrance to children. If you are not childlike toward God, children will probably be beneath you and not worth your time.

So there is a very close connection between your own humility and your ability to lead children to Jesus. The great hindrance to effective ministry to children is pride, and the great gift for ministry to children is humility.

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2 thoughts on “Are you childlike toward God?

  1. This was the kind of embrace that I felt when I started my MtF Transition. God gave me the name Abigail which means the Father is rejoicing. What compelled me to comment was the picture you chose for this post. It was the very same one I found a number of years back to give a picture to the embrace that I felt. Thanks so much for choosing this picture. It reminds me of that moment for me about 4 years ago. Blessings!

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