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Have you ever wondered if there was something we could learn from a little child that has such value that it could determine whether or not we get into Heaven? You may ask how could a little child possibly teach me anything? After all, how much could a little child know? We have to teach them not to talk to strangers, how to read, write, dress themselves, brush their teeth and even what to eat.
Perhaps it's not what a little child knows that we need to learn, but how they behave. It is true that they are not always obedient and they may not like to eat their vegetables, but how does a little child act towards their parent.
1. They love unconditionally
2. They trust without questioning
3. They believe what you say
4. They depend on you to supply their needs
5. They count on your protection
6. They are thankful for little things
7. In their eyes you are the greatest
Most of all they are humble. They know they are small and powerless beings in a world full of mighty and evil giants. Yet when they hold your hand or they are in your arms they are fearless.
So why would we need to consider these attributes of children? Take a look at what Jesus has to say: Matthew 18:3 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. (KJV) Matthew 19:14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. (KJV)
Jesus used the innocence and openness of children to show us the kind of attitude we need to have if we expect to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. We are to love the Lord Unconditionally even if it means our own death. This type of love is a choice and does not require us to have warm fuzzy feelings. We are to trust the Lord. He is the "Good Shepherd" and means us no harm: John 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. (KJV)
We are to believe what He says. God does not lie nor can He: Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; (KJV)
We are to depend on the Lord to supply our needs: Matthew 6:31-34 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. (KJV)