Young Have Strong Faith
I can't remember exactly the Chapter and verse but, when Jesus says in Matthew that we must be like little children to enter the Kingdom of God, does he mean that we must be young at heart unto him and have unbelievable faith?
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---kathlene on 11/12/11
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"selfishness and pride becomes so prevalent in children so very early in life, "mine! mine!, mine is better than yours! :o)," Very true. As parents we can feed into that too, only by the grace of God can this be truly changed, as in the rest of us. Theres a difference between encouraging/supporting children in whatever they do, and to do it as unto the Lord, giving Him praises and glory, and feeding their self centeredness. For a while the phrase "Its all about me" was popular on tee shirts etc, a very disturbing mindsetbut not surprising that the world views things that way. Contrary to humility...
---Chria9396 on 11/18/11|
"Humble is the keyword" Steveng on 11/16/11 Amen.
I do not know how I managed to miss that crucial aspect of the very small child. I suppose it is because selfishness and pride becomes so prevalent in children so very early in life, "mine! mine!, mine is better than yours! :o), and regaining that lost humility is of course possible only through an empowered submission of ones self and will to the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit.
---joseph on 11/18/11|
Christan, great answer in the context of the passage. The passage does start with, "unless you are converted and become like little chidren" These is how Jesus characterized conversion. Like the Beatitudes, it pictures faith as the simple, helpless, trusting dependence of those who have no resources of their own. Like children, they have no achievements and no accomplishments to offer or commend themselves with. Complete humbleness like children, true believers (v.6) we should receive. Not literal children but like children. Goes with,
"And whoever give one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assurely, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward" (Matt. 10:42).
---Mark_V. on 11/18/11|
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18
Humble is the keyword. In fact, do an online bible search for the word "humble" and learn what Scriptuews says.
---Steveng on 11/16/11|
kathlene I stand in complete agreement with the responses below. Just as a little Child in relationship with their parents are sincere, trusting, and dependent. Confident that whatever the parents promise, they will perform. So should we be in our relationship with the Father.
---joseph on 11/15/11|
I think it means we are to BE LIKE little children...how are little children? They believe and trust in their mother and father. They love unconditionally. They obey the voice of their parents.
Be childlike, meaning Trust in the Lord like a child trusts in his/her parents.
Obey His voice like they obey theirs.
---anon on 11/14/11|
"Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma." (Ephesians 5:1-2)
Dear children imitate Daddy and Mommy. We imitate how God is loving. And we are told to walk in love the way Jesus was so sweetly pleasing to our Father while He was suffering and rejected and hated and on that cross dying. He was sweet-smelling to our Father while going through all that. He was mainly caring about pleasing our Father, instead of being concerned about where He was and how those people were hating and torturing Him.
---Bill_willa6989 on 11/13/11|
Jesus Christ uses the physical things of this world to explain the spiritual state when one is born of the Spirit. Like in this particular teaching of a child in Matthew 18:3, "And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven."
That is, when one is born of the Spirit, he/she is like a new born baby that is totally dependent on his/her parent for safety and care. As the child grows, he/she only trust in his/her parent.
This is similar to the one born of the Spirit putting 100% trust (aka FAITH) in the Father for everything, especially his salvation in Jesus Christ.
---christan on 11/12/11|
If young at heart means - dependance like a child to parent, devotion, not to worry, yes
unbelievable faith - I would say no because faith is trust without knowing results or proof. The centurion in Luke (I think) amazed Jesus at his faith. And gives us a clear definition of true faith also Abraham, and others in Hebrews 11 that we can model.
---Scott1 on 11/12/11|
When we were children we never questioned where the food, shelter, provisions for our needs were coming from, we only knew that our Mom & Dad took care of things. We need not think about it. We had faith that they loved us & would take care of us. That's the same kind of Child like faith & trust He's referring to.
---Reba on 11/12/11|
What does "unbelievable faith" mean?
Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 11/12/11|