Mark 10:15 “Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.”
Some children played in the vicinity of Jesus one day, and their parents brought them near to Jesus for him to touch them and bless them. However, the disciples rebuked the parents telling them to keep the children away. Jesus in turn rebuked His disciples and told them to allow the children to come to Him. Then He went on to say that unless people “receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he [or she] shall not enter therein.” Child-like faith enables us to inherit the kingdom of God and hence eternal life.
What level of faith do you have? Is that the right question to ask, or should we ask? The apostle Paul tells us to exercise our faith. Jesus constantly commented on the disciple’s lack of faith. In fact there are only two people in the whole of the gospels where Jesus described the faith of someone as great: in the story of the Roman centurion and in the story of the Syro-Phoenician woman. In both instances these people had someone near to them suffering from things that only God could fix. In both cases the people of “great faith” were Gentiles and not of the house of Israel!
Jesus said that unless we receive the kingdom of God as little children, we would not enter into heaven. Why? Children, when small, have not been polluted in their thinking in terms of faith. When mom or dad says something will happen, the children generally believe it to be so. They take the word of the parent(s) as gospel. They don’t hesitate to act on the word they have received. They believe and trust their parent(s) do what was said. We are to treat God the Father the same way. He is our heavenly Father! Thus, why don’t we trust Him at His Word like little children, who we are, do? We have had our thinking polluted and diluted by the world system and the devil.
You see the devil doesn’t want you to know that you have power over him through the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony, being saved. The Bible clearly teaches us that we are joint-heirs with Jesus. All power and authority in heaven, on earth, and under the earth are His, and He has seen fit by permission of the Father to give us the keys to the kingdom of God. Thus, we need to take Daddy, Abba, at His Word. If He said it, it will happen. Refer back to the first chapter of Genesis. Several times the Bible states that “God said it, and it was so.” He spoke creation into existence from nothing. So, then is anything too difficult for our God? Why do we doubt Him? Why don’t we trust Him to do what He says He will do? We need to re-learn how to believe what our Parent-Father-God tells us just like we did our parent-father used to do.
Father, I see a theme developing in the book of Mark over the last few days. You desire us to trust You for everything and to believe that Your Word will accomplish what it sets out to do. I am sorry that I have doubted You in any capacity. I do believe that You are supreme and will do what You have spoken. I believe You for healing, for unity, for freedom, for love, for mercy, for compassion, for grace, for divine providence, and for everything in my life. I want to return to that state of trusting You in my spiritual life like I did when my earthly father said something when I was a child. Help my unbelief. Increase my faith. Help me to enter in just like a little child. In Jesus’ name, Amen.