Faith Like A Child

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" He Called a child, whom he put among them, and said, "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me." Matthew 18: 1-5 (NRSV)

Paul Cillo lives in Pennsylvania. It is easy to forget what it was like to have the faith of a child. When Paul looks back at his life, he tends to remember what his life was like after he decided to follow Jesus when he was 17 - no longer a child.

It was not until he began working in a Christian school that he began to understand what it means to have faith like a child. Being around children ages 3 to 14 has opened his eyes to Jesus' teaching in Matthew. Whenever Paul prays with his students, they always pray for other people and their needs. On one of his first days at the school, a seven-year-old prayed for his pet that had fleas. These kids trust that God is close and listening. They don't get caught up in picking the right or best words, sounding eloquent, or what others think of their prayer. Instead they are sincere and present in the moment in a way that Paul envies.

It is easy for Paul to get lost in worry about the future, to pray only for his needs without seeking a real encounter with God. When we think back on what it was like to be a child and look at the children around us, we can learn much from those expressions of faith.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to be truly your children, trusting in you and your care for us today and always, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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