“Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” (18:17)
That is a heavy statement! ..”shall not enter it”…..😳
This verse seems to have reached through the ages to speak directly to our culture today. Here is where I think Satan has used his clever tactics to make us think being childlike is having a “blind faith”. In our culture where knowledge is power and education is the key to everything, “blind faith” is just plain ridiculous!
Yet, it is not “blind faith” that Jesus is wanting (1 Peter 3:15 proves that!). He wants us to be “like a child”. I like how my footnote described a child. It “consists of childlike trust, vulnerability, and the inability to advance his or her own cause apart from the help, direction and resources of a parent.” That definition has nothing to do with “blind faith”, believing without knowing any facts.
The above definition reminds me of when my kids wanted to do a lemonade stand one hot day. They ran to get the cups, the pitcher and the lemonade powered (all of which I bought). They also asked if I had poster board and if I could write/draw the sign for them. I did that as well. Then, off they ran to the end of the street to sell “their” lemonade, while yelling over their shoulder, “Thanks, Mommy!” The whole time they were there, I kept glancing over to make sure they were safe.
Doesn't that sound like us with God? He provides everything and keeps a watchful eye on us the whole time. Yet, we actually think we are doing things all on our own and everything we have, we earned on our own. 🙄
Everybody, Christians and non Christians alike have an “inability to advance their own cause apart from God’s help”. Christians, however, acknowledge everything comes from the Lord, including their salvation. Non Christians think everything is from their own effort. Yet, here in Luke, Jesus says, all need to be like a child and say, “Thank you, Daddy!”, or else you shall not enter!!