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.’
One of the hardest things to do in the world is to change. The more advanced we get in years, the more set in our ways we become. We develop patterns of thinking and of behaviour that are not right or wrong in themselves, but they become rigid and predictable. We become comfortable when things are familiar to us, and we become irritable or flustered when things change and we are forced to adapt to something new.
Jesus cuts right across this human tendency to settle into a familiar way of doing things with an expectation - no, even a command, to change.
The posture of the adult is one of knowledge and understanding. An adult takes responsibility for their lives and their decisions. They assume a level of maturity and knowledge adequate to make almost any decision that confronts them. They are most times quite clear about their values and their principles. They are almost never unsure of themselves and therefore reliant on someone else.
The posture of a little child on the other hand is one of complete dependence on someone else. Their natural inclination is to take the hand of an older person and be led - even when they know where they want to go. Instead of rushing in, they will hesitate and look for a sign that everything is OK. They will look for a reassuring glance from a parent, or a gesture beckoning them to come. Their default point of view is that they don’t know the answers and are continuously asking questions. They are like a sponge absorbing knowledge. They are like clay - able to be molded and shaped. They are like a blind man - able to be led and receptive to the instructions of another.
Let us be a generation of believers who are able to change. Let us take the posture of a little child and place our hand in the hand of the Master submitting ourselves to every inclination of His leading and His will.