Like a Child
A devotional thought from Joey Jernigan for “Our Mission”
Read Mark 10:13-16; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25.
My daughter used to wonder how Abraham Lincoln’s statue from the Lincoln Memorial in DC was able to walk around during Night at the Museum 2: Battle for the Smithsonian. I tried explaining to her that what we see in movies is pretend, and the people making the movie used a computer to make it look like the statue was alive. She genuinely believed in something that I knew was nothing more than a digital effect added in post-production. Oh, the uncluttered faith of children to believe whatever they see or hear!
In Mark 10, Jesus said that coming to Him would require becoming like a child. Imagine hearing the gospel for the first time as an adult in a culture that has not been inoculated to the story of Jesus. Someone tells you that God sent His Son to become a man, He died a terrible death for bad people who were in rebellion against Him, and He rose again from the grave on the third day. This probably would sound very strange and mythical, but they don’t stop there. They proceed to tell you that repenting from your rebellion against God and believing in His Son to rescue you will turn away God’s anger. That would sound preposterous! You probably would think that such a person was a fool.
However, the gospel brings our focus back to a simple, childlike faith in a Father who cares for us and longs to bless us. The gospel is extremely large, but clinging to it is as simple as believing like a child. Simple does not necessarily mean small, and simple faith doesn’t mean the gospel is irrelevant.
Pause and Reflect
• Why do children have such strong faith?
• How can you display childlike faith in Christ?