What Jesus Did! 'A Child Kind of Faith' — Mark 10:14b-15

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

"Don't stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to people that are like these little children. I tell you the truth. You must accept the kingdom of God like a little child accepts things, or you will never enter it."
— Mark 10:14b-15 NLT
Illustration of Mark 10:14b-15 NLT — "Don't stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to people that are like these little children.

Key Thought

We must have child-like faith to be a part of God's Kingdom. So many things about the Kingdom require of us a "dangerous innocence" and genuine humility. Yet Jesus demonstrated these child-like qualities. He wants us to travel along our religious journey as trusting children of God, not as worldly wise theologically astute scholars. Now don't take me wrong on this; we are not told to throw away our brains to become Christians. However, we are taught to live in a way that is often upside down to the world and its conventional wisdom. To do that, we need to go back and experience the gift of salvation, the magnificence of God, and the wonders of grace as wide-eyed, excitable children who trust in God's ways, God's love, and God's care.

Today's Prayer

O God, make my heart child-like and my faith fresh and new each day. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 2 Corinthians 5:16-17
  • Galatians 4:4-7
  • 1 Peter 2:1-3

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.