GOING BACK TO SECOND CHILDHOOD:
The disciples argued about which one of them would be the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven (Luke 9:46). So, Jesus called a little child and had him stand among them. And Jesus said,
“I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.”
Obviously, everything that a little child does is not what we should aspire to. A two-year-old temper tantrum is not pretty! What Jesus is referring to, is “pride.” A little child does not really exhibit pride. Self-seeking pride is something that develops in us adults. In some cultures’ pride is encouraged, especially among men. Pride can also develop from unhealed past emotional wounds, when we think it protects us from future hurts. Again, pride can enter us when arrogantly exalt our successes.
God hates pride. Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” But God gives grace to the humble. “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble”, James 4:6.
A little child knows they need food, shelter, protection, and love, from their caregivers. They trust them. Let’s humble ourselves before God, eating of his Word, sheltering in His presence, and allowing His love to both discipline us, and build us up. Let’s go back to second childhood in our relationship with Christ, letting go of all pretence, and coming before Him in humility.