And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, 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.
Our ticket into the kingdom of heaven is to become as little children. The bible is not talking about our initial experience of salvation from the penalty of sin, which is death and hell, but rather is describing our relationship to the LORD as a faithful subject with Him ruling and reigning in our life. We are not going to truly enter into the kingdom of heaven with the LORD ruling and reigning in our lives, until we are converted and become as little children.
A little child is dependent, trusting and forgiving. A little child is completely dependent upon its parent for everything. A little child’s safety and future existence is completely dependent upon its parent. Likewise my safety and future existence is completely dependent upon the LORD and not my own good works.
A little child is trusting. We don’t start questioning until we become older. A little child doesn’t question but rather completely trusts its parent. Likewise when I am questioning what the LORD is doing, I have not yet completely embraced Him as the King of kings and LORD of lords in that circumstance.
A little child is forgiving. If a parent accidentally were to do something that caused pain to the child, the child just forgives them and forgets what happened and moves on. I’m talking about if a parent were to accidentally drop something or bump into a wall or something such as that. I’m not talking about the intentional, immoral, illegal and completely unacceptable abuse that happens all too often in today’s world.
When a parent corrects a little child, it accepts the correction, forgives the pain of the situation and moves on.
Except we be converted, except we turn around and go back to where we started, as a dependent, trusting and forgiving little child in our relationship with the Lord, we shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
The Bible says in 1 John 3:18, “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” Instead of just saying I love Jesus, we need to reach the place where we are as little children. Dependent, trusting and forgiving.