Text: 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.”
Matthew 19:14 “But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
Introduction: There are two kinds of children. The children of the world and the children of the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus said that you must be converted (born again) and become babes in Christ. If we are to become as little children; let’s look at the qualities that we are to have:
Obedient to the Father: Little children need to obey their father. This means that we are to obey our Heavenly Father. God knows best and it would be to our advantage to do what he says, but sometimes children do what they want to do.
Children Need Correcting: God’s word says that because God loves us he corrects us. If he doesn’t; we possibly might not be his child. God is not harsh in his correcting. The world is the hard teacher. It shows no mercy. We can bring many things on ourselves and then blame God and others.
Children are Honest: We must be truthful and honest with God. We cannot fool God by being a hypocrite. He knows our very thoughts and intensions. We need to let God know exactly how we feel about things. The Holy Spirit will lead us to the correct answers.
Children want to Learn: The favorite word of a child is: “Why?” As children of God we need a desire to learn about the things of God. The Word says that if we want wisdom and knowledge; we are to ask for it. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Conclusion: We are so blessed that God did not leave us in darkness, without hope or answers about the future. He provided a way through Jesus Christ. No greater love has someone than to lay down their life for the salvation of mankind, as Christ did for us all. God gave his son as the sacrifice for us that we might have eternal life. We come to God through Jesus Christ with childlike faith.