Matthew 18:1-4- At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" And calling to Him a child, He put him in the midst of them and said, "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."
Hey :) I heard a song this week that gave me an idea that pretty much relates to everyone, and it's definitely helped me as well. It's called "I Wanna Go Back" by David Dunn. The whole song is about how easy it is to believe that Jesus loves you, and that faith can move mountains when you're younger, but when you're older, life gets tougher and it's much harder to believe so easily. In it, he says, "I wanna go back to 'Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so'" (In case you didn't know, that's a song sung in Sunday school for little kids). The whole song is honestly so relatable, because I want to go back too. Back then, you could sing those songs without a worry in the world, firmly believing every word you sang. But as you get older, you start to realize how hard life can be, and you ultimately get separated from God, and it's truly hard to keep believing everything you were taught as a little kid.
Going back would be nice was my immediate thought after hearing this song, but then I dug a little deeper and these verses explain this whole situation really well. In these verses, Jesus' disciples asked him who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus responded by putting a child in the midst of them, saying that they must become like children to even enter the kingdom of heaven. That's slightly confusing because like, that's impossible. But what Jesus meant by that was that the mindset of a child should always be our mindset, even as we get older.
The first thing that you will notice about a child is that they believe everything they hear, without argument or doubt. Christianity takes a lot of faith. You have to trust Him with everything you have to really have the kind of faith He is looking for. As a child that was so easy, but Jesus is right there, ready for us to continue that faith when we get older, and when life becomes hard. Everything you heard as a little kid is still true today, even if it's harder to believe, and I'm pretty sure that's where a lot of people get stuck. Just because you choose to stop believing when you're older doesn't mean it stopped being true. There was a time when I was so doubtful, everything I was taught as a child was so hard to go back to. It took awhile for me to realize that Jesus wasn't asking me to have all the answers, He was asking me to have childlike faith, to believe without knowing the exact answer, because honestly He's the only one who fully understands our faith.
We don't have to be children to have childlike faith, and I feel like no one hears that enough. Having all of the answers is not part of Christianity, it's about having faith and really trusting that Jesus has all of our answers. It's also about realizing that having doubts is okay, He hears them and sticks with you closer than a brother. All we need is "faith even as small as a mustard seed" (Matthew 17:20). I want to remind you and myself, that you're faith doesn't have to go away just because it's harder to believe. We can go back to how it was when we were children, because Jesus makes it that easy. It's hard to do, but even when you're older, it isn't impossible to continue believing big, because our God is so big.
- Sophia Light