1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said:“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
Every Christian ought to have childlike faith in God. In this self-reliant age, we sometimes fail to recognise that our trust must be in Him, and not in what we can do. Even though we are willing to rely on God for wisdom and direction in the major decisions in life, we are often troubled about everyday concerns. We forget the fact that He knows our needs and has everything under perfect control. We may attempt to solve problems with our own wisdom. Our studies and achievements may make us too sophisticated to have the faith of a little child.
I read a story about a passenger ship which was on its way towards Plymouth, England. The weather during the journey was very good, and therefore the ship would be reaching its destination ahead of schedule, at night instead of the next morning. This upset a large number of passengers. Many of them were first-time visitors to England, and they were troubled because they had to change their train tickets or get unexpected hotel reservations. However, the little children on board were not worried at all. They continued to run, play, and were unaffected by the altered plans. Why were they calm? They had childlike faith in the wisdom, love and care of their parents.
When Jesus taught His disciples regarding greatness, He used a little child as an example. He said that a trusting child would be the best example of faith. A little child is in no way haughty, self-centred, proud, or fretful. When we have childlike faith, trust and humility, we can rest on the fact that our heavenly Father cares for us. We can be assured that He will always keep us in His wisdom, love, and power.