Child: Is Jesus alive?
Mom: Yes, he is.
Child: And Jesus is God’s Son, right?
Mom: That’s right.
Child: I want to see Jesus and talk to him.
Mom: You can talk to him when you pray.
Child: Can I ask Jesus for ice cream?
As a mom shared this conversation with her six year old son, her face was full of joy – joy that her son was connecting the dots. Just a year ago when they began attending Harborside, her son didn’t really understand much about God or know that Jesus is God’s Son. But now, she said, he is “getting it” and it is exciting to watch. She can’t wait to see her three year old son begin connecting the dots, too.
The faith of a child comes up many times with Jesus in scripture. Mark 10:15 says, “Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
What does it mean to follow Christ with the faith of a child? I did some digging into what this can mean, and found similar ideas and explanations:
“Perhaps the most common interpretation of child-like faith is what’s called ‘simple faith’ Christianity, which emphasizes complete trust in God. Proverbs 3:5 commands us, ‘Trust in the Lord with all you heart, and lean not on your own understanding.’ Our own intellect and understanding cannot help us – in fact, our own perception of the world can lead us away from God. The realization that our futures are uncertain causes anxiety and a temptation to depend upon ourselves rather than God.”
It seems that child-like faith is child-like trust – unquestioning, because-I-said-so kind of a trust. Children want to trust – they don’t want to be hindered or burdened by cares and worries. Children want to be free to love and live and experience and enjoy all that each day holds. We can learn a lot from a child’s faith – and I think that’s what Jesus intended.
Posted on Mon, May 4, 2015
by Children's Ministry