Children are amazing. They love life, get excited about the simplest things, and seem to trust so easily. They are quick to believe and not doubt; they don’t complicate things like love and kindness. They are so eager to learn and so open to new things. Jesus knew that believing in Him would require childlike faith. So how can we develop childlike faith?
- Trust God: Generally, children don’t worry and wonder where their next meal will come from or where they’ll get clothes to wear. They just trust that their caregiver will provide. Worry less (or not at all) and trust God to be who He says He is—your caring, heavenly Father.
- Be accepting: Kids don’t really care about what someone is wearing or what someone looks or smells like—they just want to have fun, be friends, and play. They aren’t critical or judgmental; they just accept people and believe the best about them. They also accept God at His word. If God said it, they believe it. They don’t try to figure things out; they just accept God’s truth as fact, and that’s good enough for them. If we want to have childlike faith, we need to believe what God says, stop trying to figure things out, and just accept God’s truth.
- Keep learning and growing: Most kids love learning about nature and how things work. They have an almost insatiable curiosity that drives their learning. We, too, need to cultivate an attitude of learning and growing in our faith. We must guard against thinking that we’ve “arrived” and have things all figured out just because we’re grown-ups. We need to stir up a desire to continue learning and growing in our spiritual lives and pursue the next thing God has for us.