Like a Child?
I want to take some time to think about Adam.
When I think of Adam I always see a man being formed from the dust, never a child or a baby. Whatever he was formed as initially, this imagining of his creation got me thinking, about what it means to be a child.
Matthew 18 – 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.
I never realised that Adam was the original template of childlike faith. Everything he saw in Eden was being seen for the first time. He must have been in constant awe of God’s creation. I remember when my daughter saw leaves for the first time. She was two months old, and happened to catch a glimpse of a tree bending in the wind. Her eyes were fixed on the leaves, and a wide smile emerged on her face. How can something so simple bring so much joy? Imagine coming across something new and beautiful every single day, and never doubting whether or not God was going to love and take care of you.
The word child is defined as the following –
- a young human being below the age of puberty or below the legal age of majority.
- a son or daughter of any age.
- an immature or irresponsible person.
- a person who has little or no experience in a particular area.
In my opinion, we have got the definition of a child all wrong. I look at God’s definition of a child, and see Adam in Eden.
Adam received a promise from God, that he was going to receive his helper. I don’t believe this promise was ever called into question, purely because I see now that Adam had the ultimate childlike faith.
The only difference between us and Adam is that he lived in Eden, and we live here. In the world we live in, it is a very difficult task to look with a child’s perspective. But I think that is why Jesus said what he said. He knew that if we looked at everything with adult eyes, there is no way we could believe in a God who loves.
Childlike faith is not someone who is irresponsible and immature. Its not someone who is inexperienced. It’s someone like Adam.
When Jesus spoke to his disciples concerning childlike faith, he was aware of the world they were living in. Not only that world, but also the world it was to become. The problem is that our definition of a child is far from what Jesus means here. He didn’t mean ‘be immature and irresponsible with your faith’ or ‘be inexperienced and naive.’ He meant ‘be like Adam. The original creation.’ See the world through new eyes each day. Trust that I am your provider and protector. Know who you belong to. Delight in the small things.
Be fearless and only know truth.