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Ep. 131 – What Does it Mean to Have Childlike Faith?

In light of Jesus' charge in Matthew 18:2-4, Ray, E.Z., Mark, and Oscar get a little childish to discuss what it means to have childlike faith: what it is, what it isn't, and why it is so important.

Show Notes

In today’s episode, the guys discuss having childlike faith and Jesus’ words in Matthew 18:2-4, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Jesus said this in response to the disciples arguing about who would be the greatest in the kingdom, which is a relief because the disciples are so relatable to us. The only hero of the faith is Jesus, and our weaknesses keep us close to the cross. Jesus displayed so much tenderness towards little children. There is awe and wonder in God’s design and reproduction in having a baby. The greatest glimpse of God’s unconditional love for us is becoming parents ourselves. We will always be there for our own children and never leave them, even if we are not pleased by their actions. It’s the same with dogs too—they show unconditional love for us and are always there by our side. We can trust in our Heavenly Father like kids trust in their earthly father. There is nothing that can be uncovered to be held against us that hasn’t already been covered by the grace of God. Scripture also tells us that you won’t even enter the kingdom unless you become like a child.

It’s one thing to know what childlike faith is, but it’s also important to understand what having childlike faith is not. It’s not a rebuttal to answering tough questions. It is not meant to be an excuse to not go deeper into God’s word or with our relationship with God. Having a childlike faith is also not blind or ignorant—as a Christian, we need to always be ready to give an answer for our faith. Rather than remaining ignorant, we must be informed Christians who study God’s word. This is where we will see growth and live in wonder of God and all He has done for us. Childlike faith is relational faith in God. Like the trust, care, and confidence children have in their earthly parents, we can rest assured in childlike faith in our Heavenly Father. Having faith in our Father can happen when we know His true character. When you catch a glimpse of God’s character, it is easy to trust in God and believe in His promises.

Finally, the guys discuss what childlike faith looks like and the qualities that children have. Children are teachable, trusting, carefree, loving, and have a humble heart. They also talk about three qualities in particular: comfortable dependency on the Lord, reverence and respect for authority, and admiration and wonder. It is hard for some adults to respect authority because they want to be the only authority in their lives. Also, we have every reason to be in awe of the Lord. Everything in life—from sunsets, kittens, seasons, and weather—should fill us with wonder. If you are constantly busy in keeping up with your routine, you could miss out on those feelings of wonder over God’s creation and the order in the universe. Taking a pause to enjoy God’s creation or contemplate all He has done can help you to keep that awe and wonder. Another reason to be in awe of God is to remember all the times that God has forgiven us and will still use us for His purpose. Our future is secure as Christians and we are forgiven by the only one who truly could condemn us. Our Father is gentle, understanding, and right next to us. Because of the cross, He has His arms around us saying, “This is my son/daughter.” Children are also very forgiving and quickly forgive others. The last thing the guys discuss is how childlike faith all comes down to belief. We all believe in something, but belief in the Father and His love for us is the only one that will set us truly free.

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