What are we aiming at?
“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up” – Pablo Picasso
I have a couple of grandchildren. Like most children, they love to play. Visiting them is an exercise in waking my inner child and engaging with them in their child-like play.
“Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven…” Matthew 18:3 esv
Jesus encourages us to hold on to our child-likeness. That doesn’t mean we act like kids, rather it’s an attitude. It is not permission to be undisciplined, immature, and selfish. This is not what Jesus is talking about. It’s a mindset of adventure in life.
When I play with my grandchildren we enter the world of infinite possibilities. Boxes become cars, kitchen appliances, and suitcases. The house becomes as big as a country and we travel to faraway places in the living room, the den, and the kitchen. When we need props, we stop and draw, cut, and glue until we can adequately portray the scene.
The best part about playing with the kids is going into a world where anything is possible.
Did you get that? Anything is possible. That is what I believe Jesus is talking about when He says to become like a child. Jesus is saying that when we are in His kingdom anything is possible. Become like a child, and remember God’s kingdom.
But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 esv
More than once Jesus emphasizes that with God all things are possible. Somehow my little grands understand that they live in a world where all things are possible.
Jesus highlights this information further by demonstrating the impossible. He raises dead people. He heals the incurable and lame people. Then He has the audacity to tell a storm to cease, and finally He tells us that if we speak to a mountain it will be moved. Death, illness, handicap, and nature. It’s all in the area of “impossible” that Jesus says is now possible. You get the point.
We must be intentional about our child-likeness. Somehow, we have to learn to be an adult, a parent, a professional, and still believe the impossible is possible.
I prefer to break things down into manageable steps. Where do I need to see the impossible become possible? I made a list. Then I prayed a prayer something like this.
Dear Jesus. Help me believe the impossible for these things. Hear the “yes” in my heart to believe. Encourage me with hope, tangible hope, today. I’m trusting you to help my child-like attitude to be released in my adult life. Amen.
Will you join me in some child-like play?