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10 Simple Ways To Become Like Little Children In The Kingdom

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In Mark 10:14-16, Jesus blessed the children and mentioned, “For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” How can we incorporate the qualities of children into our daily lives to embrace the Kingdom of God? Through my journey as a mother to a three-year-old, I discovered 10 essential attributes present in children that shed light on how the Kingdom of God operates.

1. Yield All Dependency To God

Children depend entirely on their parents or caregivers. From the moment my daughter was born, she relied on me for nourishment and care. I stayed by her side, ensuring she was fed, clothed, bathed, and looked after.

As God’s children, we should trust in God just as a child trusts their parents. In Psalm 23:1, David expresses his complete reliance on God by saying, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” This shows David’s unwavering trust in God for all aspects of life.

2. Trust Like Children

My daughter has complete trust in me for everything. She never worries about food, clothing, or entertainment because she knows I will provide for her. All she does is follow my guidance, as she instinctively feels the love I have for her.

As God’s children, we should trust Him just like a child trusts their parent. Even when His plans seem illogical to us, all we need to do is surrender and have faith in Him as our caring Father. Proverbs 3:5 advises us to “trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” because His ways surpass ours. Furthermore, His intentions are always for our prosperity, offering us hope and a promising future (Jeremiah 29:11).

3. Imitate God Like Children Imitate Parents

Children learn through mirroring adults; they imitate what they see their caregivers doing. Similarly, as children of God, it is essential to emulate our Heavenly Father in righteousness and holiness (1 Peter 1:15). We belong to the Kingdom of Heaven, so our actions and attitudes should reflect those of the Kingdom.

4. Bring Glory

My daughter’s teacher mentioned that she often speaks about me in class, showing how close we are. Just like Jesus, who always talked about his heavenly Father and aimed to glorify Him through his actions. Likewise, we give all praise and glory to God (2 Corinthians 1:3).

5. Embrace The Wonderful Experiences

The thrill of filling water balloons for my daughter for the first time, watching them burst as they hit the ground, filled her with immense joy and happiness. She giggled and leaped with delight as she started tossing them herself. Every new experience, whether it’s zipping up a jacket, cracking an egg, seeing animals, or more, fills her with wonder.

Similarly, as children of the Kingdom of God, we are blessed with numerous truths and revelations through His word. By staying in His presence, we can have divine encounters that bring us joy and delight in his perfections (Psalm 27:4).

Just as the disciples learned from Jesus and witnessed countless miracles in His presence, Peter, James, and John were even privileged to witness His transfiguration due to their dedication to his ministry. When we wholeheartedly commit to God, we too can experience His immense power, wonder and infinite wisdom (Philippians 3:10).

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6. Obey God As Children Obey Parents

Children are instructed to obey their parents, with the promise of a prosperous and long life on earth (Ephesians 6:1-3). Similarly, as children of God, we are called to adhere to God’s commands and laws. It is essential that we follow what God instructs us to do. The promise for us extends beyond earthly life to eternal life.

Sometimes, my daughter cries and protests when she doesn’t understand some of my requests. Similarly, Jesus expressed anxiety to God in Gethsemane before his crucifixion. This wasn’t a protest but a moment of distress about what awaited him. God understood that this sacrifice was to save humanity, and Jesus would be glorified as a result. Even when God’s commands seem unclear to us, as the all-knowing God, He always has our best interests at heart.

7. Be Joyful

Every day when I collect my daughter from school, she runs towards me, full of happiness, and I greet her with open arms for a warm embrace. As we walk hand in hand, she cheerfully exclaims, “Let’s go home.”

Similarly, the presence of the Lord brings joy (Psalm 16:11). Peter, on the mount of transfiguration, expressed, “It is good to be here,” signifying the goodness of being in God’s presence. There is no better place to be than in His presence; that is where we truly belong.

8. Embrace The Freedom

When visiting friends and family, my daughter is composed and reserved, but once she’s back home, she feels completely at ease and free to touch anything, play, and be lively.

Similarly, there is freedom in the presence of God (2 Corinthians 3:17). Therefore, we can approach the Him boldly and confidently because of Christ and our faith in him (Ephesians 3:13).

9. Grow

Children show growth over time, progressing in various aspects of life such as speech, reasoning, motor skills, and overall well-being. Similarly, as individuals in the Kingdom, growth is expected in multiple areas.

Luke 2:52 highlights that “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and all the people.” A similar pattern of growth is seen in Samuel, who served in God’s temple under the guidance of Eli the priest as recorded in 1 Samuel 2:26.

Living in the Kingdom of God involves continuous growth across all life dimensions; stagnation is absent when embracing and following God’s laws and principles. Paul prayed in Philippians 1:9, that we keep on growing in knowledge and understanding, further underscoring a life of growth in God’s Kingdom.

10. Have No Fear

On a rainy day, my daughter was playing with her toys in her room while I was in another room. Suddenly, a loud clap of thunder and flashes of lightning startled her, and she ran to me in fear. I embraced her, and she gradually calmed down. Despite the ongoing storm, her fear dissipated in my presence. After a few minutes, she was unfazed by the continued thunder and proceeded to play.

In Psalm 23:4, David writes, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” This mirrors life in the Kingdom of God: challenges, setbacks, and disappointments may arise, but we remain unshaken because of God’s constant presence with us. He promised He will never leave us nor forsake us in Deuteronomy 31:8, therefore, we need not to be worried about anything.

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