The Heart Of A Child

July 10, 1998

Matthew 18:3 – And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
1 Corinthians 13:11 – When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.

A paediatric nurse, before listening to the little ones' chests, would plug the stethoscope into their ears and let them listen to their own hearts.

Their eyes would always light up with awe. But she never got a response to equal four-year-old David's. Gently he tucked the stethoscope in his ears and placed the disk over his heart.

"Listen", she said, "What do you suppose that is?"

He drew his eyebrows together in a puzzled line and looked up as if lost in the mystery of the strange tap-tap-tapping deep in his chest.

Then his face broke out in a wondrous grin. "Is that Jesus knocking?" he asked.

Wow, don't you wish that we were like the child again. Can you remember when everything was a mystery, how did this work, how did that work. Now that we have grown up, we think that we know how everything works. We are smarter and stronger, living in an age where we have to know these things. How does God work, what is he like? We think that because we go to church and pray to him, that we know how he works. The only thing that is going to make us really know him, is coming to him as a child, with a heart open to what he has to show us. This week, come to Jesus with the heart of a child.

Prayer: Lord, you warned us that anyone who will not receive Your kingdom like a little child will never enter it. Protect us from becoming so jaded to our faith that we lose that childlike wonder, that You would love us so much that You would send Your Son to die for our sins. Thank You, Lord, for all You do for us, for Your grace and mercy. Amen.

About the author:

Chris Gill
Tyler, Texas, USA

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