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Childlike Faith (With Greg Laurie)

One of Jesus’ most famous statements is this: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3 NIV). What exactly does this mean?

To understand this, we need to look at the context in which Jesus is teaching. He had just interrupted the disciples’ argument about who would be the greatest in God’s kingdom when He made this statement. And in order to drive it home, Jesus had a little child stand up in their midst.

According to Luke’s version of this story, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it” (Luke 18:17 NIV). That is a fascinating statement. Conventional wisdom would say that to know God, a child should become like an adult. But according to Jesus, an adult must become as a child. The child is the model, not the adult.

Jesus’ point was that we need to have childlike faith. This does not mean we need to be childish, of course. It means we should be childlike. There’s a difference.

To be childlike means to approach the things of God with a humility and a trust and a faith that is simple and pure.
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