In Matthew 18 and 19, Jesus says—twice!—that we are to be like little children, because the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those of us who are childlike in the way we approach God. Matthew 18:4 says, “So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.” That doesn’t mean that we never grow up, but that, like children, we should be humble and trust in God, even when things don’t make sense to us.
Instead of making it easier for people to come to know Christ, we make it confusing and difficult. We complicate the message by adding hoops for people to jump through that don’t have anything to do with the Good News that Jesus came to bring.
He didn’t come into the world to condemn it but to rescue it. The Bible is clear that we become children of God through what Jesus has done for us. The finished work of Christ is the finished work of Christ—nothing we say or do will change that! We can say that you have to do this thing or that, but it will not change the fact that the true Gospel is simpler than that—just trust in Christ.
1 Corinthians 14:33 says, “…God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.” When we talk to people about Jesus, they should not leave feeling confused. They should leave knowing the Good News about Jesus. They should know that through Him they can have hope, because He is alive and working in the world. They can be a son or daughter of the King of the universe!
God looks for people who will become like children and trust that He has things under control. We won’t be able to understand everything, but we can know that God has a plan. Let’s not overcomplicate what is really a simple message: Jesus salvages us from our sins—our misses. He gives us new identities in Him so that we can do great things for the Kingdom. Nothing can hold back a people who embrace and live out these truths!
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