Matthew 18:1-14 Read the New Testament in a Year: Acts 25:1-12 What Does it Mean to Go Before God as a Child? To go before God as a child is to go before God stripped of our sins and doubts, full of wide-eyed inspiration that comes from total faith. Is God going to be there when I need Him? A child would say, “Yes!” To go before God as a child is to expect awe-inspiring greatness. Let’s visit Matthew 18:3 again. Jesus said, unless you change and become like a child. Webster’s dictionary describes “childlike” as “becoming a child; meek; submissive; dutiful.” “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you change and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” God seeks a childlike submissiveness and meekness, a gleeful childlike heart … and a childlike faith. Faith builds character, and the process starts when you are a child. Without faith, we cannot please God. “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6) Adults have a tendency to become cynical with age, while a child has yet to be touched by the concerns of the world. Think of the world as a big arena. We are in it to run “life’s race” for and with God. But the older we get, the more “hurdles of doubts and concerns” we tend to place in front of us. These hurdles slow us down, knock us off stride, or make us give up completely in what should be a growing relationship with God. Whereas an adult is more likely to give up the race, a child sees the prize at the finish line.As you near the end of your adult life, can you look forward as a child and say, as Paul did in 2 Timothy 4:7: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Children don’t have adult hurdles in their race with God. Childlike faith, along with childlike love, are an open road to God’s heart.]]>