“At that [a]time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 And He called a child to Himself and set him [b]before them, 3 and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you [c]are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; 6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it [d]would be better for him to have a [e]heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.“ Mathew 18:1-6
Ever heard the phrase “some people are so heavenly minded they are no earthly good“? (Oliver Holmes) There are those who have hidden Gods word so deeply into their hearts that they forget about their own relationship with the Lord. I read a tweet that said, “the more “knowledge” we gain about God, the less we potentially seek to feel God…Therefore we encounter Him less”
First, “You must be converted, you must be of another mind, and in another frame and temper, must have other thoughts, both of yourselves and of the kingdom of heaven, before you be fit for a place in it. The pride, ambition, and affectation of honour and dominion, which appear in you, must be repented of, mortified, and reformed, and you must come to yourselves.”-Matthew Henry
A friend of mine had it right, “Legalism is more dangerous than preaching the prosperity gospel”. I know I will get flack for this but, what is being said here is that we get so “by the book” we forget to see the big picture of what God is truly trying to say or do in that passage or that verse. We nit pick it to death and assume “this is what God is saying”. Then we preach it, debate it and tell others they are wrong if they don’t listen to our knowledge of the scriptures. We go from commentator to commentator, seeking mans knowledge on a passage. In the process, we lose who our focus should be, lose our guide and lose who should council us. The one who authored the bible. God himself. I am not saying that the commentators are not hearing from God. But, part of having relationship with God is seeking HIM. Seeking Him about what His word means and what He is trying to say. Who told us we couldn’t go to God for interpretation of scripture? Satan likes to twist things and man is easily swayed to his forked tongue!
““I love those who love me;
And those who diligently seek me will find me.” Proverbs 8:17
As a child we come to things with eyes wide open. We ask questions. There is an innocents and bluntness when a child ask. Though a child may not be mature enough to fully understand things, they also do not go picking at what was said. They listen and let it sit in.They will ask another question if they feel they didn’t understand or get the answer that makes sense. They accept what is told to them as well. This is where, as an adult, we are always questioning things. Somethings are not meant to be understood. But, God is asking us to “just believe”.
I am reminded of the story of Nicodemus. He was a man who “knew ” God word. He was a pharisee.
“Nicodemus said to Him,“How can these things be?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things? Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen, and you do not accept our testimony. If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?“ John 3:9-12
As a child, our mind is not clouded with such “deep” things. I suppose. A child does not think “too hard” on things. They take it as it is. Always learning. I think that is where Jesus is saying “come as a child”
Some scripture does not need to be so torn apart. It is what it is. And we are to simply just take what it is saying and apply it. Again, Satan likes to take Gods word and twist it.He likes to get us thinking over it more than what it should be. Then we argue with each other over it and we benefit no one. Then because of our debating, we are not going out and furthering Gods kingdom.
“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him” Hebrews 11:6
He is saying simply come as a child. That is it. Believe in Him. Believe His word. Seek Him not man. Yes, He speaks through man/woman to us. NO question there. But, He wants a personal relationship with us. The more the “things of man” is put into our thinking the further away from God we may go. Even the godliest of men/woman can fail us. Or teach wrong things. No one is perfect. In our flesh, we can compromise or justify things as we teach them. Not that we are purposely trying to mislead someone. The point is, Gods word…on its own can teach us. Only, IF, we are seeking Him as a child does. It is less complicated when we go to the One who created us. After all He knows what He is trying to say to us.
I am not saying that all theologians are bad. I am not saying do not trust your pastor or priest. I am simply saying, go to God as a child. Seek Him in spirit and in truth.
“But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. 24 God is [e]spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:23-24