There’s a reason why I like to act like a kid whenever I can:
Kids have more fun!
When they’re not busy building pillow forts, they’re spending their time trying to find ways to get snacks or pretending that the floor is lava.
Do you know why they pretend that the floor is lava?
Because the floor is lava!
Kids are incredibly imaginative, but we don’t give them enough credit, because even though they are having the time of their lives when they are playing an imaginary game such as this, they still know that it is just a game.
When they eventually fall on the ground, they don’t get overly upset, thinking that they’re going to burn alive because they fell on the floor. They just reset it like a video game, knowing that they have unlimited “the floor is lava” lives and that they have to just keep going. They know how to create and they know what’s real.
So when we hear the words of Jesus saying “Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it”, we know that He isn’t telling us that we have to be stupid and believe in something that doesn’t really exist, because Jesus knows that kids aren’t stupid.
God doesn’t ask us to be childish, He asks us to be like children in our ability to accept something without our own pride getting in the way of trusting Him.
Just like how a kid will accept a gift from their parents without wishing that they had earned it by themselves or without thinking that somehow they deserved the gift, they are just thankful that they are getting the gift.
Do you ever let your pride get in the way of receiving God’s gift of love?