3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
I have heard “become as little children” in sermons, in songs, and often people would throw it out when the topic was getting too serious. I’ve even used in my teachings. But recent revelations are showing me that I may have misunderstood what Jesus was saying or better said what he was “inferring”. When I was younger, most of my teachers focused on the “unless you are converted”. For decades, I focused on making sure I was converted, repented, or at least looked good on the outside.
In later years, it seemed that only people who “thought as a child” or would trust as a child could enter into the kingdom… I know that no one was passing out keys to enter some locked kingdom. But, just in case I would act differently and some situations did work themselves out. And I do think that we, mature ones, do make things complicated. While children have a tendency to “just believe the best and keep things simple”. I like that “child-like” attitude.
Recently, I was in a meeting and my eyes were opened to Ephesians 5:8: "For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light"
Now, I believe these are the Missing Children! I believe we (well at least I) was assuming that ‘children’ was an age, attitude, mindset thing. I now believe that it was about living out of our New Nature. We were once darkness (not in darkness). The missing are no longer missing! You (and them) are in the LIGHT.