Matthew 18:3 “If you don’t change and become like a child, you will never enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (CEV)
We don’t consider it a compliment when someone tells us to stop acting like a child or to stop being childish. But in Matthew 18:3 Jesus said we cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven unless we become like a child.
What did He mean? By examining the way a little girl relates to her earthly father, we can get some grasp of the spiritual message Jesus was trying to teach.
A little girl knows her daddy loves her. She does not hesitate to approach him and ask for help. Even though he is bigger and stronger, she does not fear him.
A little girl is sure daddy can fix anything. No matter what her problem may be, she has confidence her daddy can make it right.
A little girl is not ashamed to ask for help. She knows some problem are too big for her and she does not feel a loss of pride if she goes to daddy for assistance.
A little girl is proud of her daddy, and she tells everyone how strong and good he is. She is her daddy’s greatest fan and a walking advertisement of what a wonderful person he is.
Her confidence in her father is a reflection of our relationship with our heavenly Father. No matter where live, how much money we have or how slowed we may be by age or infirmity, we can still go to him just as the lass goes to daddy.
We can go to him with confidence because we know he loves us. We can be absolutely sure he has power to solve all our problems. We need never be too proud to ask for his help. He does not expect us to be self-sufficient. We should be very proud of him and tell others what a wonderful God and Father he is.
If we can tell friends and acquaintances that we have a wonderful earthly daddy and that we love him, how much more should we tell them about our love for our spiritual father?