Day 4: Being a child of God has nothing to do with age but everything to do with position!
“ Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it?” And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.”-Mark 10:13-16
What is it about the attitude and posture of children that caused Jesus to make such a statement? Was it that they never sinned? (Highly unlikely because I was a bad little thing by 10) Was it because they’re cute? What was it? A thought came to mind and took me back to when I wanted to be a psychologist. I wanted help people through their dysfunctions. As you probably have figured out by now…I’m not a psychologist, I just like things to make sense. But during my first semester in college, I was all consumed with becoming a psychologist and finding out what is it that makes people tick?! There’s a theory that personalities are molded by two things: Genetics and external circumstances. It’s easier to mold a personality while they are still in their development stage, then to wait for them to be an adult and ask them to change. What exactly is the developmental stage and what happens in that phase in your life? Look below at the Erik Erikson’s theory of psychosocial development:
I learned something from Erikson’s ever controversial but somewhat useful theory. During stage 1, which is considered the most fundamental stage in life, happens with the first 24 months of life. The infant is absolutely dependent on the caregiver. What happens in the next phase of the psychosocial developmental is dependent on the consistency of the caregiver. If for whatever reason, the caregiver is inconsistent, the child will develop a deep seated fear and mistrust of the world around them. The relationship between the child and caregiver is beginning of a fruitful life.
This theory helped me understand Mark 10:16. God does not change. Ever. We may experience a different side to God but He got this game called life on lock. He’s been around for a minute and has dealt with your type and our kind before LOL. Jesus wants us to come to Him with a childlike faith is because we are completely dependent on Him. There’s no mistrust, warped views of the world are absent, there’s not talking back, no reservations, its complete dependence with a look on our face and glimmer in our eye that says “Jesus, what’s next? I can’t do anything with you. I’m completely dependent on you. I can’t help myself even if I wanted to.” This posture moves God to the point where the bible says “He takes us up in His arms, lays His hands on us, and blessed us”. This lesson was a tough one for me. I’m not the mushy type. It’s difficult for me to say “Hey. Yeah, I’m bleeding…911 anyone?” I had to work daily and I’m still working daily to have this disposition. Clearly, I cannot crawl back into my mother’s womb and start over but being born-again is more than a statement, it’s an experience. Listen, the world can be cold but it feels good to know that you can run to God and sit on his lap, take his hands to cover your eyes, peek through his finger, look in His face and say “I don’t have anyone else, I need you”.