New Living Translation (NLT)
2 Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. 3 Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. 4 So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.
I know that we all have different degrees of faith or different levels of beliefs. I know that there are some who do not believe in God at all and it is not for me to judge those people. I can only try to live right and maybe be a light to someone else. I am definitely not a perfect person by any means and I have made my fair share of mistakes. Perhaps I am here only to plant a little seed in someone’s heart to get them thinking about God and the possibility that maybe, just maybe He does exist.
Not long ago I had a discussion with someone who I have known a very long time and I asked them “Don’t you believe that Jesus was the Son of God?” They very matter- of- factly said that they did not and that they believed that people made up religion to make themselves comfortable. They stated that religion was for the “simple minded.” This sounded to me like they were saying that to believe in such a thing made me stupid. I pondered the statement for a while and then offered the question, “Even if you were on your death bed and given the opportunity to accept Christ, you would not do it?” The answer was “no, I do not think so.”
I had a mixture of emotions that I felt compelled to hide but inside I was torn up. I wanted to scream and shake sense into this person, then in the next moment I wanted to cry and plead with them, “Do you know what you just said?” I felt troubled for them and in the fact that I didn’t know what to say to change their mind. I felt like maybe, I let God down because I didn’t know how to defend Him.
Mark Batterson, Author of Wild Goose Chase, which is a book about reclaiming the pursuit of God, writes about how we have forgotten to realize how the Holy Spirit still works in our lives today. He wrote: “Faith is not logical. But it isn’t illogical either. Faith is theological. It does not ignore reality; it just adds God into the equation.” He goes on to say: “Faith is not mindless ignorance; it simply refuses to limit God to the logical constraints of the left brain. Think of it this way. Logic questions God. Faith questions assumptions. And at the end of the day, faith is trusting God more than you trust your own assumptions.
It is easy to be discouraged. It is easy to put God in a box and to say that we can figure things out on our own. It is easy to think that we are in control, but the longer I live, I realize that I’m not in control of very much at all. Life is an adventure or a disappointment. Life is depressing or it can bring us great moments of joy (which are usually found in the little things).
Life, like faith can be viewed how we choose to see it. I choose to believe like a little child that He does exist and He is in control, even if I don’t understand where He is bringing me. I find that relinquishing my control allows me to see things, situations and people in a different light. I pray that my friend may, some day find that peace and will believe as well.