1) A child believes, wholeheartedly, that what you tell them you're going to do for them, you WILL do. We know this and sometimes even use it to our advantage so that they will stop asking for something.
2) A child depends on their parent and they know it; they ask when they need something (most of the time).
3) A child is also ever curious and seeks answers.
4) A child often forgives others' offenses rather quickly. There are times the parents of the two children involved in a fight are mad at one another long after the kids themselves have made up and forgotten the situation.
BUT, it is also true that a child:
1) makes excuses
2) disobeys direct orders
3) doesn't listen sometimes (or often, lol)
5) can be selfish and greedy
I think it's quite obvious which child-like attributes our Heavenly Father would rather we have. More often than we'd like to admit, we behave like bratty children. I am willing to admit there have been times I have scolded my kids for something I myself still do. Wow... Of course, I wouldn't tell THEM that! Live and learn.
What changes do we need to make?
Are we prideful?
Would we take a friend's loving rebuke into consideration?
Do we make excuses for our ungodly behavior?
Do we blame others for our reactions?
Hmmm...more often than we care to admit, I'm sure. What are we to do? We may sometimes excuse ourselves by thinking we are not perfect and it's difficult to follow God's commandments in a world where we cannot control our circumstances or others' actions or words (aren't you glad for phone conversations where people can't see our eyes roll?). Unfortunately for our flesh, there is still no excuse. The Bible says in 1 John 5:3, "Loving God means keeping His commandments, and His commandments are not burdensome."
Is life too noisy that we can't hear our Father's loving voice, leading us in the way of righteous living? Jesus said His sheep hear His voice and follow Him (John 10:27).
I'm sure it's happened to all parents that they repeatedly ask their children to do or stop doing something, only to be ignored because they're having fun playing (destroying, lol) something. Are we like that with God? We hear Him in the background, but we know what He will ask of us and we are too busy to listen or care? Then something MUST change. We need to organize and keep our schedules. Children also need structure and consistency.
We are not born again if we want to use God's grace as a license to sin. Our gratitude should result in obedience. Our sins should lead to repentance and the true desire to honor God should be in our hearts.
Let's be like little children:
- believe what the Father promises
- seek Him, knowing you depend on Him
- love Him, unconditionally
- forgive quickly
But please don't be like little children:
- don't make excuses
- don't disobey
- don't ignore God
- don't be selfish or greedy (it truly is better to give than it is to receive)
Remember the greatest commandments:
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all
your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second
is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” -Matthew 22:37-40