Jesus says often that we should become like a child:
Matthew 18:3 – “Truly I tell you,” He said, “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
Mark 10:15 – “Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.”
Luke 18:16 – But Jesus called for them, saying, “Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
It’s clear throughout the gospels that Jesus routinely chose his words carefully. When Jesus says that we need to become like little children if we want to enter the kingdom of heaven, he is making a clear distinction of what He wants out of us.
Look at our own children for evidence.
They have no achievements of note. They haven’t earned anything yet. They have nothing to offer us. They are totally and utterly dependent on us, their parents.
They are humble (in most cases) and as a result they inquire regularly. You can practically hear their voices in your head…Why does this happen? How does this work? When will we get there? And they expect answers.
They have no ego; they rarely compare themselves to others. There is no status amongst little people.
They believe that we, as their parents, can do absolutely anything in the world without restraint. They have a pure faith that knows no bounds. They are quick to forgive and slow to judge.
We can learn an awful lot about how we might approach God by watching how our children move through the world. To come to God like a child means we must willingly accept that there is absolutely nothing we can do to earn our way to heaven. We simply inherit the kingdom because of the grace that abounds in our loving Father.