- The Nature of True faith Part 2
Luk 18:15 Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them.
Luk 18:16 But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.
Luk 18:17 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
Secondly, true faith is simple faith.
Here we see that people are bringing young children to Jesus either to be healed or blessed by Him. The disciples see it and rebuke the people. Why they do this I am unsure. Maybe the people were being too noisy. Or the disciples thought it beneath Jesus. Regardless we see Jesus in turn rebuking His disciples for their rebuke. Jesus tells them that to such belongs the kingdom of God. And that unless one receives the kingdom of God like a child shall they not enter it.
At this point one must ask the question; what does it mean to be “like a child”? I think what Christ is saying is that we need to have simple faith.
As adults we tend to complicate things. We no longer have the innocence of a child. We spend most of our time and effort earning money to live on. To pay bills. And hopefully do a few fun things each year. A child doesn’t worry about those things. Why? Because that’s what adults are for. It’s a child’s parents that are supposed to take care of that child. All the child does is depend on their parents.
Now as many of you are parents, and most if not all of you were children at some point I think we can all relate to this. But what if as a child you started to tell your parents what to do? Or told your parents to follow you instead of you following them?
That’s what we do with God sometimes. We get so caught up in ourselves and our own wants and even needs that pretty soon we are telling God how we ought to live instead of asking Him and being dependent on Him for everything. True faith is simple/childlike dependence on God for everything we need.
And we can be assured that He will indeed give us everything we need. We don’t have to doubt that. If we are truly followers of Christ and have true faith in Him then He has told us we don’t need to be anxious about our needs. Read Matthew 6:25-34 if you don’t believe me.
God will provide. We just need to be wholly dependent on Him for our every need.
That doesn’t mean we don’t work. No. Rather we work hard for God’s glory as the means which God employ’s to provide for us. But we rest and depend on Him for that work seeing it as a blessing from God and as something He gives us. Part of this is realizing that we don’t have it all figured out. We like to think we do. But we really don’t. We end up telling God what is best for us and what we need when we really don’t know.
Sometimes as a child we think we know what’s best, but we really don’t. It’s our parents who know what’s best for us and we need to trust them. Same thing with God. If we are true children of God then we need to trust Him that He knows what it is best for us and is working toward that end. How often do we mess up that plan by thinking we are somehow smarter than God?
So true faith is both humble repentant faith, and simple childlike faith. It’s a faith that is dependent on God to save and to sustain.