“Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3-4).
These words of Christ represent all the words needed to refute Calvinistic teaching regarding infants being born “totally depraved,” or having inherited their parents’ sin. After all, why would Jesus encourage us to return to a state in which condemnation is found?
But there is so much more here in these verses and in these words of the Son of God.
There is the need for the removal and complete elimination of sin in our life so that we may achieve this “child-like” state! Initially, all past sins are “washed away” through the action of baptism (Acts 22:16). When Christians sin, they must confess them to God, who will forgive (I John 1:9).
There is the need to retain some childhood qualities. Have you ever said or thought “I wish I had the energy and enthusiasm” of some child? Surely we have — and we should do all we can to retain such levels of liveliness. Then there is the “ease of forgiveness” that is found in children — those who have attained “adulthood” should forgive just as quickly and easily. Children are, by and large, very humble — where does this go as we travel to maturity?
On this day, let us leave “childhood” problems behind, as the Bible calls on us to do (Ephesians 4:14). But let us not forget, that in some ways, by the command of Christ, we are to become like children again! So…have you balanced your “adulthood” and “child-likeness” successfully?