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.
Oh, to be a child again. To play, laugh, run, jump, and seemingly not have even one care in this world. Our biggest fear as a child was that our toys might break, or that our friends could not play today. Oh, to be a child again.
Some read today’s verse and wonder “Do I have to become like a child to be saved?” or, “Must I first need the faith of a child to be saved?” You might be saying to yourself “I just cannot do it.”
Well, you are right. You cannot, and furthermore the verse does not say you need to. It says, “Except ye be converted, and become as little children.” People often read this verse, then in their minds they flip things around an get things backwards. Jesus was saying we need to be converted first. To convert means to change someone’s actions and beliefs, or to join the other side. God is simply saying turn to Him and away from your sin. It is the awareness of, and a belief in Christ that brings about a change of heart required for salvation. Then when you trust in Christ as your Saviour, He will restore in you that childlike faith to trust Him even more.
Today, with this reminder of having that childlike faith restored in us, we should run and jump in God’s open and loving arms. Trusting the rest of our day, our week, yes even our life to Him.
THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Genesis 27 / Psalm 14 / Proverbs 14 / Matthew 18
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Genesis 25-26 / Matthew 9:1-17
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… and the Word of God into people.”
Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director