Matthew 18:3 ,4 - The Faith of a Child.

Matthew 18:3, 4 (KJV) 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.  Whosoever therefore shall humble 
himself as this little child, the same is greatest 
in the kingdom of heaven. 

Matthew 18:3, 4 (AMP) And said, Truly I say 
to you, unless you repent (change, turn about) 
and become like little children [trusting, 
lowly, loving, forgiving], you can never enter the 
kingdom of heaven [at all].  Whoever will humble 
himself therefore and become like this little child 
[trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving] is greatest in the 
kingdom of heaven. 


Become As Little Children. This 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. 
[MacArthur Daily Bible 2003] 


Before Honor Is Humility; Mat. 18:1-5
   Very tenderly, yet with solemn emphasis, 
Jesus tried to correct the evil. He showed what is 
the principle that bears sway in the kingdom of 
heaven, and in what true greatness consists, as 
estimated by the standard of the courts above.  
   Before honor is humility. To fill a high 
place before men, Heaven chooses the worker who, 
like John the Baptist, takes a lowly place before 
God. The most childlike disciple is the most 
efficient in labor for God. The heavenly intelligences 
can co-operate with him who is seeking, not to 
exalt self, but to save souls.  
   But when men exalt themselves, feeling 
that they are a necessity for the success of 
God's great plan, the Lord causes them to be set 
   It was not enough for the disciples of 
Jesus to be instructed as to the nature of His 
kingdom. What they needed was a change of heart that 
would bring them into harmony with its 
principles. The simplicity, the self-forgetfulness, and 
the confiding love of a little child are the 
attributes that Heaven values. These are the 
characteristics of real greatness  
   The sincere, contrite soul is precious in 
the sight of God. He places His own signet upon 
men, not by their rank, not by their wealth, not 
by their intellectual greatness, but by their 
oneness with Christ.  {DA 436, 7}  


The Way Back To God
   A man will not find God until he finds 
the way back to God. 
   The way back to God is not an 
intellectual way. It is not a moral way. You cannot think 
your way back to God because human thought-life 
will not coordinate with divine thought-life, for 
the carnal mind is at enmity with God. You 
cannot worship your way back to God because man is 
a spiritual rebel from God's presence. You 
cannot moralize your way back to God because 
character is flawed with sin. 
   The natural questions come to you - What 
shall I do? Where shall I start? Where do I begin? 
What is my road back to God? There is only one 
way back to God. It is significant that Jesus 
did not tell the little children to become as 
His disciples, but His disciples to become as 
little children. By childlike faith, everyone has a 
chance, from the feebleminded to intellectuals. 
Thus, Jesus demanded a conversion. This is how to 
begin! This is where it starts! You must be 
converted and come to Him as a little child. 
   What is one way that your faith is like 
that of a little child? [Peace for Each Day by 
Billy Graham] 


   Jesus loved kids. The Bible doesn't speak 
much about His interactions with them except in a 
few verses, but it's enough to recognize His 
kind and loving nature and understand He 
treasured children. He urges us to do the same. I 
believe Jesus's admonition went well beyond our 
posterity. He clearly wants us to become childlike in 
our faith in Him. Young children are innocent 
and pure. In much the same way, God sees us as 
"innocent" and "pure" once we have accepted Christ, Who 
forgives our sins. Jesus wants us to become childlike 
in our faith, pure and trusting. Young children 
don't question what Mom or Dad tell them to do; 
Jesus wants us to have that kind of obedience. 
   Think about the qualities of young 
children. They are honest, some brutally so. They 
believe what they see and hear and even read. They 
also trust their caregivers to provide everything 
they need. Aren't all those the qualities the 
Lord wants us to have? Jesus wants us to be like 
"little children" when it comes to following Him and 
obeying His Word. That's why He calls us His 
"children" and loves us like His own. by Carol Mackey 
   Faith Step: Jesus wants us to have 
childlike faith - to depend on Him to provide for us, 
to protect us, and to trust Him. Today, do 
something that makes you feel like a kid again! 
[Mornings With Jesus 2019 Devotional by Guideposts and 

   Have you ever listened to children pray? 
Their prayers are great - so honest, so sincere 
and innocent. I love hearing the things kids are 
thankful for: puppies, hamburgers, stuffed animals, 
their Disney karaoke machines, and their invisible 
friends. Children's prayers remind adults to keep it 
real when we come before God. 
   Kids revel in reflecting their view of 
the world around them and sharing it with God in 
their prayers, and we should do the same. And like 
a parent basking in the joy of their child's 
latest finger-painted masterpiece, God loves us 
with the same intensity and compassionate 
kindness. We're his creation, made in his image, his 
sons and daughters as heirs through Christ. 
   Sometimes we lose our perspective on 
prayer because we pray the same way about the same 
things over and over again. If you sense your 
prayer life gelling in a rut, then find some way to 
be creative and child-like again. Singing, 
writing poetry, journaling, walking in nature, 
drawing - there are all kinds of unique ways to 
enhance your alone time with God. 
   Today pray like a kid again, knowing that 
God loves you as his precious child. 
   Thank you, Father, for the way you love 
me as your child. I want to keep my heart open 
to you, sharing honestly and sincerely. Thank 
you for reminding me of your unconditional love. 
[Daily Power by Craig Groeschel] 


Like Little Children
   At his home Rob goes to Sunday school - 
he's in the Frog class, a roomful of jump-happy, 
make-a-joyful-noise, three-year-olds. But on his first solo 
weekend visiting us, we decided to stick together. 
There we were, Nana, Granddad, and a squirmy Rob, 
sandwiched tightly in the middle of the pew in the 
middle of the crowded sanctuary. I prayed for lots 
of singing and a short sermon.  
   Our pastor is a wonderful shepherd, but 
not a dynamic speaker. No forceful voice or 
fancy words. He makes his point by repetition. 
Simple words repeated often.  
   That day the sermon came from Romans 
8:14. Pastor David read it twice: "For all who are 
led by the Spirit of God are children of God." 
Then, leaning out over the pulpit, he asked, ''Are 
you a child of God?"  
   Rob stopped fiddling with Granddad's tie 
clasp, turned to the pulpit, and thrust his hand 
into the air.  
   During the course of his sermon, Pastor 
David sent those words out into the congregation 
again and again: ''Are you a child of God?" Each 
time, Rob stretched his hand high above Granddad's 
shoulder and smiled his one-dimple grin. People 
behind us were chuckling, then the giggles spread 
across the aisle. Every time Rob answered the 
pastor's question by raising his hand, the laughter 
grew louder.  
   With his flock now grinning from aisle to 
aisle, Pastor David finally saw the reason. 
Pointing his finger and smiling at Rob, he said, "Now 
that child of God gets the idea!"  
   "Become like little children." It is 
harder than it sounds. It does not take a big voice 
or fancy words. It takes courage to raise our 
hands for the Lord for everyone to see. -Kathleen 
   Help us become like little children, 
Lord, loving you joyfully, trusting you 
completely, serving you faithfully. Amen. [The One Year 
Devotional of Joy and Laughter by Mary Hollingsworth] 

A Better Boy
   Luke, my firstborn grandchild, was barely 
three when his sister, Sarah, came along. He had 
been the happy recipient of all the attention for 
three years straight, so having a sister was a 
major adjustment in his little life.  
   When Sarah was only a month old, she 
caught a cold, so we stopped by the drugstore on 
the way home from picking Luke up from the 
church day care. I was giving baby Sarah more 
attention than Luke because of her illness and did not 
want her to become fussy during the long wait at 
the pharmacy. Luke did not appreciate that one 
little bit! He proceeded to put on a one-boy show 
for all those in line with us, while stretching 
his mother's already paper-thin patience.  
   Finally, meds in hand and heading to the 
car, Christy, my daughter, very sternly scolded 
Luke for his misbehavior. "You were not a good 
boy in the store! I think you need to pray to 
Jesus that you can be a better boy."  
   After buckling both children in the 
backseat, Christy and I settled into the front seats 
of the car. I glanced back at Luke, ready to 
assure him of my love and soothe his tiny ego. 
There he sat, head bowed, eyes closed, hands 
clasped in prayer, earnestly pleading, "Dear Jesus, 
please make me a better boy."  
   How sweet, and how touching. Luke melted 
our hearts, and although we tried to keep from 
laughing, we couldn't keep from crying. I think 
sometimes Father God longs to hear such earnest, 
childlike prayers from his grown-up children too. 
-Shari Gunter  
   Dear God, please help me to be the best 
me I can be, and let me do it not for me but 
for your glory and praise. I want to be like 
you, Lord. Amen. [The One Year Devotional of Joy 
and Laughter by Mary Hollingsworth] 

   My son Gilbert was eight years old and 
had been in Cub Scouts only a short time. During 
one of his meetings he was handed a sheet of 
paper, a block of wood and four tires and told to 
return home and give all to "dad". That was not an 
easy task for Gilbert to do. Dad was not 
receptive to doing things with his son. But Gilbert 
tried. Dad read the paper and scoffed at the idea 
of making a pine wood derby car with his young, 
eager son. The block of wood remained untouched as 
the weeks passed. 
   Finally, mom stepped in to see if I could 
figure this all out. The project began. Having no 
carpentry skills, I decided it would be best if I 
simply read the directions and let Gilbert do the 
work. And he did. I read aloud the measurements, 
the rules of what we could do and what we 
couldn't do. Within days, his block of wood was 
turning into a pinewood derby car. A little 
lopsided, but looking great (at least through the eyes 
of mom). Gilbert had not seen any of the other 
kids' cars and was feeling pretty proud of his 
"Blue Lightning", the pride that comes with 
knowing you did something on your own. Then the big 
night came. With his blue pinewood derby in his 
hand and pride in his heart, we headed to the big 
race. Once there, my little one's pride turned to 
humility. Gilbert's car was obviously the only car 
made entirely on his own. All the other cars were 
a father-son partnership, with cool paint jobs 
and sleek body styles made for speed. A few of 
the boys giggled as they looked at Gilbert's 
lopsided, wobbly, unattractive vehicle. To add to the 
humility, Gilbert was the only boy without a man at 
his side. A couple of the boys who were from 
single parent homes at least had an uncle or 
grandfather by their side, Gilbert had "mom". 
   As the race began, it was done in 
elimination fashion. You kept racing as long as you were 
the winner. One by one the cars raced down the 
ramp. Finally it was between Gilbert and the 
sleekest, fastest looking car there. As the last race 
was about to begin, my wide-eyed, shy 
eight-year-old asked if they could stop the race for a 
minute, because he wanted to pray. The race stopped. 
Gilbert hit his knees clutching his funny looking 
block of wood between his hands. With a wrinkled 
brow, he set to converse with his father. He 
prayed in earnest for a very long minute and a 
half. Then he stood, smile on his face and 
announced, "Okay, I am ready." As the crowd cheered, a 
boy named Tommy stood with his father as their 
car sped down the ramp. Gilbert stood with his 
Father within his heart and watched his block of 
wood wobble down the ramp with surprisingly great 
speed and rushed over the finish line a fraction 
of a second before Tommy's car. 
   Gilbert leaped into the air with a loud 
"Thank you" as the crowd roared in approval. The 
Scout Master came up to Gilbert with microphone in 
hand and asked the obvious question, "So you 
prayed to win, huh, Gilbert?" To which my young son 
answered, "Oh, no, sir. That wouldn't be fair to ask 
God to help you beat someone else. I just asked 
Him to make it so I don't cry when I lose." 
Children seem to have a wisdom far beyond us. Gilbert 
didn't ask God to win the race, he didn't ask God 
to fix the outcome, Gilbert asked God to give 
him strength in the outcome. When Gilbert first 
saw the other cars, he didn't cry out to God, 
"No fair, they had a father's help" No, he went 
to his Father for strength. Perhaps we spend 
too much of our prayer time asking God to rig 
the race, to make us number one, or too much 
time asking God to remove us from the struggle, 
when we should be seeking God's strength to get 
through the struggle. 
   "I can do everything through Him who 
gives me strength." (Philippians 4:13). Gilbert's 
simple prayer spoke volumes to those present that 
night. He never doubted that God would indeed 
answer his request. He didn't pray to win, thus 
hurt someone else, he prayed that God supply the 
grace to lose with dignity. Gilbert, by his 
stopping the race to speak to his Father also showed 
the crowd that he wasn't there without a "dad", 
but His Father was most definitely there with 
him. Yes, Gilbert walked away a winner that 
night, with his Father at his side. [source 


Continuous conversion
   These words of Our Lord are true of our 
initial conversion, but we have to be continuously 
converted all the days of our lives, continually to 
turn to God as children. If we trust to our wits 
instead of to God, we produce consequences for which 
God will hold us responsible. Immediately our 
bodies are brought into new conditions by the 
providence of God, we have to see our natural life 
obeys the dictates of the Spirit of God. Because 
we have done it once is no proof that we shall 
do it again. The relation of the natural to the 
spiritual is one of continuous conversion, and it is 
the one thing we object to. In every setting in 
which we are put, the Spirit of God remains 
unchanged and His salvation unaltered but we have to 
put on the new man. God holds us responsible 
every time we refuse to convert ourselves, our 
reason for refusing is willful obstinacy. Our 
natural life must not rule, God must rule in us. 
   The hindrance in our spiritual life is 
that we will not be continually converted, there 
are wadges of obstinacy where our pride 
spits at the throne of God and says"I 
wont. We deify independence and willfulness and 
call them by the wrong name. What God looks on as 
obstinate weakness, we call strength. There are whole 
tracts of our lives which have not yet been brought 
into subjection, and it can only be done by this 
continuous conversion. Slowly but surely we can claim 
the whole territory for the Spirit of God. [My 
Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers] 


   Keep returning your focus to Me! I am 
always thinking about you and watching everything 
that concerns you. You, however, are only human, 
and you will lose sight of Me at times. I know 
how hard it is for you to stay focused on Me, 
especially when you are feeling weak or weary. So give 
yourself grace whenever you realize your mind and 
heart have wandered from Me. And waste no time in 
returning to Me by praising Me in thought, word, or 
song. Even whispering My Name - reverently, 
lovingly - can be worship.  
   Let Me have all your worries and cares. 
This may sound easy, but it is not; you are 
accustomed to worry - thoughts roaming freely in your 
brain. So you must train yourself to bring all your 
cares into My Presence, trusting Me to help you. 
Remember that you are never alone in your struggles: 
I am always aware of you and your 
circumstances. I can help you because I have all authority 
in heaven and on earth. As you come into My 
Presence, let go of your worries and cares - so you 
can cling to Me in childlike trust. (1Pe. 5:7; 
Mat. 28:18; 18:1-4) [Jesus Today by Sarah Young] 


Matthew 18:3 ,4 - The Faith of a Child.