Today you should read: Matthew 18:1-14
The idea of child-like faith comes up a number of times in scripture. We often talk about how important it is. But why? Just a few verses later we see the caution of falling to temptation. It is a description of disciplining ourselves to flee from temptation and what we should do. Otherwise the results are catastrophic. Then we move to the parable of the lost sheep. Jesus tells of a shepherd who will leave the 99 to find and retrieve the one that wanders away.
So how does this all tie together? How do we be as a child and also be disciplined? What does a wandering sheep have to do with it?
When we look at a child, we are looking at a person who is completely vulnerable. A child has no ability to advance his or her own cause without the help, direction, or resources of a parent. This is how we should be as followers of Jesus. We should be completely dependent on God, which means we have to fully trust Him. We should be as a child in that we can do nothing without the help, direction, or resources of Jesus.
This goes directly with the temptation of sin. Often we look at being disciplined as a mature adult quality. However, I believe this can be equated to a child as well. I remember when I was just a kid, when I would do something wrong it was the disappointment of my parents that hurt me the most, even more than the punishment. It was knowing that I had done something directly against the people that loved me the most. So when we fall into sin, we must recognize that the very sin we commit is the sin that placed Jesus on the cross. It isn’t just a moment of weakness that causes you and I pain or heartache. It is Jesus pulling Himself up on the cross to grasp another breath to cry out on our behalf.
This same Jesus that our sin put on the cross comes after us when we wander off. Just as a parent frantically searches for their child Jesus relentlessly pursues us as His children because He loves us and wants us.
Do you have a child like dependence on Jesus?
Do you understand what giving into temptation means?
Do you see that Jesus is always pursuing you and wants to bring you back?
By: Dakota Gragg