“About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?'” Jesus called a little child to Him and put the child among them. Then He said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.” Matthew 18:1-4
Is there no thing so tenderly precious as the honest expressions of a child’s heart? True, children “have their moments,” because they are human and we all share that nature, but when a child exhibits their humility, trust and love, there is nothing like it. When children trust and confide in us, we have the most solemn obligation, the responsibility to nurture that child’s heart and this includes their spiritual training. Minister-singer David Johnson sang “children are precious, they have the right to know…teach your child about the King of Kings, teach them how to pray…”
Of all the Kings, authorities and kingdoms of the world, when Jesus was asked about true greatness, He pointed to a child.
At that moment when we come to the end of ourselves and do the honest act of turning from our sins and humbly receiving the forgiveness of Christ, we become spiritual children – babes in Christ. As Jesus said, we become “born again.” Everything is fresh in new. We can trust and hope as a child does and place our complete faith in our Heavenly Father.