Jesus had a lot to say about little children – and he looked upon adults as being God’s bigger children. The following quotes are found in the Gospel of Matthew. Let's take a look and read them as little children . . . knowing we are His Children:
• “Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands
on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said,
‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the
kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’” (Mt. 19:13-14)
• “Jerusalem, Jerusalem . . . how often I have longed to gather your
children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and
you were not willing.” (Mt. 23:37)
• “Jesus called a little child to come to him. He stood the child in front of
the followers. Then he said, 'The truth is, you must change your
thinking and become like little children. If you don’t do this, you will
never enter God’s kingdom. The greatest person in God’s kingdom is
the one who makes himself humble like this child.' ” (Mt. 18:2-5 from
the ERV: Easy-To-Read Version)
• “(God has) hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed
them to little children.” (Mt. 11:25)
• “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may
be children of your Father in heaven.” (Mt. 5:44-45)
• “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
Little children are dependent upon a one that is greater than themselves, much as God’s bigger children are – knowingly or unknowingly – dependent upon the indwelling Spirit. God’s little ones are innocent, humble, trusting, honest, curious, instinctive, and indeed resilient. You may add some other adjectives of your own to the list.
In the third quote above, Jesus uses the phrase 'change your thinking' which means to change the way you are responding to a situation. He is challenging us not only to become humble, but also to become resilient, to give a twist to our way of reacting to a situation. A child can change his/her attitude or outlook in the twinkling of an eye … and go on joyously with their day. I find that this quality is often missing from the wise and educated big-children.
Albert Einstein said that he often wondered, “Why is it that nobody understands me, and everybody likes me?” Maybe Albert was like a little child. Indeed, he encouraged us to ponder and be inquisitive. Here's a comment from Albert:
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own
reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates
the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality.
It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery
Mr. Einstein discovered that the entire universe is merely condensed light. And we know now that light responds to both feeling and consciousness.
Maybe Jesus was thinking of a little child (or a bigger child) when he said:
“You are the light of the world . . . Let your light so shine . . . and
glorify your Father who is in heaven. ” (Mt. 5:14 and 16)
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the Greek word for 'change' is strepho, which means “to twist; to turn
from one's course of conduct; to change one's mind”