To be “childlike” means to be marked by innocence, trust, and naivety. I saw this expressed in my 6-year-old on Saturday.
I ran a 5K that morning. As I was getting ready for the race, my 6-year-old daughter was convinced that I was going to win. I was not. Last year’s winner of this 5K finished somewhere in the area of 17 minutes. Let’s just say that’s a bit faster than my pace. So, I knew that it would literally take a miracle for me to win. My daughter thought I would win simply because I was “daddy.” Her belief in me was marked by innocence, trust, and naivety. She was just naïve enough to believe I could do it. In other words she was expressing a childlike belief in me … her dad.
Is there a situation in your life right now where you need to be childlike with God? Where do you need to be “marked by innocence and trust” and where do you need to be just naïve enough to believe that God really can make a difference?
Francis Chan wrote: “While it is true that we are humans like everyone else, it is also true that we are humans with the Spirit of God dwelling in us. Yet, whether consciously or not, we essentially say to God, ‘I know You raised Christ from the dead; but the fact is my problems are just too much for You and I need to deal with them by myself.’”
In this world, my heart is always going to drift toward self-reliance. That’s “adult-like” … rational, logical, and pragmatic. Of course we need to be all of those things at times, but not when it comes to faith. A childlike faith sounds so much more exciting. Childlike means I have a greater trust in God than I do in myself. Childlike means that I have a greater belief in God than I do in myself. Childlike means that it’s more about God than it is about myself. Childlike means that I believe my heavenly “Daddy” can do absolutely anything … not only because He’s my Daddy, but also because He’s proven Himself more than capable of doing anything. Childlike means that there’s nothing so big that He can’t do it and nothing so small that He won’t do it.
Lord, grow me up by helping me become more childlike.