What does it mean to come to Christ as a child? To consider this question, we need to have a glimpse of what a child is like.
A child is inquisitive. Always wanting to learn what is going on in the world around him.
A child is daring, within limits of course. Playing with a bubble car is fun and challenging as you catch the bubbles and watch them rise into the sky.
A child loves challenges, like mastering the fear to go down the slide alone.
A child likes to be active. Just follow a 3-year-old around one day and you will realize how much territory that child can cover.
A child is trusting. They don’t second-guess the reason people are telling him to do something. They trust that they will be cared for, unless and until they are hurt in so doing; then the ability to trust someone is difficult to retrieve.
A child has faith in the one who is caring for him. Although they don’t know the word or its meaning, a child demonstrates devotion and loyalty, and the child seeks and returns love.
“And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.’ And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.”
Matthew Henry says of this text:
That there must be something of the temper and disposition of little children found in all that Christ will own and bless. We must receive the kingdom of God as little children; that is, we must stand affected to Christ and his grace as little children do to their parents, nurses, and teachers. We must be inquisitive, as children, must learn as children (that is the learning age), and in learning must believe. (Oportet discentemcredere – A learner must believe.) The mind of a child is white paper (tabula rose – a mere blank), you may write upon it what you will; such must our minds be to the pen of the blessed Spirit. Children are under government; so must we be. Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? We must receive the kingdom of God as the child Samuel did, Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth. Little children depend upon their parents’ wisdom and care, are carried in their arms, go where they send them, and take what they provide for them; and thus must we receive the kingdom of God, with a humble resignation of ourselves to Jesus Christ, and an easy dependence upon him, both for strength and righteousness, for tuition, provision, and a portion.
Matthew Henry Commentary on Mark 10.
So, have you come to Christ as a child?
Do you lean on Christ as a child leans on his parent, nurse or teacher?
Are you inquisitive as you learn and believe Him?
Is your mind open to the pen of the Holy Spirit as He writes on your mind and will?
Have you humbly accepted and resigned yourself to Jesus Christ and His authority over you?
Do you depend on Him for strength and righteousness?
Do you depend upon Him for your provision and care, here and forevermore?
May we not be childish in our belief, but may we be childlike as we look to our Savior and give thanks for our Almighty Father. While we begin as newborn babes in the faith, may we not remain children but, through the grace of our God and the work of the Holy Spirit, may we grow into mature Christians giving glory and honor to our Savior, Jesus Christ and to His Father, the Almighty God.
Lord, thank You for letting me come to You as a child. When I start to puff up into arrogant adulthood, let me see the error of my ways and return to my childlike dependence upon You and the guidance of Your Spirit. May I grow up spiritually into a mature Christian who loves You and who is devoted to Your Son, my Savior and Lord, and may I know the sound of His voice through the Spirit as He guides and leads me along life’s treacherous ways.