Let us become like little children, singing freely to the King of Kings. Faces lifted, voices ringing, unconcerned with notes and rhythm, twisting melodies in swirls of wonder, joy in every note they sing. There’s no embarrassed silence, self-conscious mumbling or comparing of their voice to others. The joy within is echoed in the voice without and warms the hearts of those who listen.
Let us become like little children, free to glory in their father’s care. Children do not seek to earn the love and favor of their parents – instead, they glory in belonging, full of joy in simple pleasures. When they’re naughty, they do not fear being abandoned or disowned. They are secure in love and know it.
Let us become like little children, forgiving faults without a grudge. All that’s needed is “I’m sorry” and they scamper off to play. They do not drag our sins before us, although they know them very well. Often daily, always freely, they forgive and love us just because we’re theirs.
Let us become like newborn babies, yearning for their mother’s milk. Undistracted, oft repeating, they know what’s needed for their growth. No substitute will feed them, no entertainment sway them; they cry determined for what gives them life. So should we yearn for God’s pure Word, seeking the life that flows from Him, tasting His graciousness with each sip.
Jesus tells us to become like little children: humble, lowly, despised by the world, the kingdom of heaven belongs to these. Jesus Himself became a little child; He served and loved and trusted too. He was subject to His parents and knows the paths our children trod. He forgave while freely giving up His life to grant our own. He took the time to bless and care for children, and blesses us with ours as well.
Let us become like little children.
“Out of the mouths of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, because of Your enemies, that You may silence the enemy and the avenger.” Psalm 8:2