"Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it." - Luke 18:17
If you can, think back to a time in your life before innocence was lost. Before behavior patterns became cemented into your lifestyle. Before you knew it all. Before you were ever hurt or betrayed by someone. Before you became judgmental. When it was easy to forgive. Times were easier then, weren't they?
Innocence is underrated. From a learning perspective, innocence brings ease into learning. With innocence, old ways of thinking don't have to be unlearned and skeptical thoughts don't have to be wrestled asiide. From a teaching perspective, there is nothing like teaching a pupil who is eager to learn, has no presuppositions the subject matter and is willing to accept instruction for what it is and nothing more. Children are that way. It is no wonder Jesus loved them so.
Jesus used the children as examples for us. He knew how difficult we make things for ourselves sometimes by thinking too much or rationalizing ways to live our own way and still be right with God. He knew how much we need to be right and would resist being told to change our ways. He also knew that with our own adult thinking we would fail.
How do you receive God's instruction for your life? With adult resistance or childlike acceptance? Oh, if only we could accept His teachings as llittle children. Maybe we can with a little work on our part to put our pride aside. If we ask God to receive His wisdom as eager to learn children, He will grant our request. Only then can we enter the fullness of all God intends for us. Maybe it won't be as hard as we think. After all, as Christians we are children of God.
Janna Rust is a Professional Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them. For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.