Childlike...

When we are little, we dream of becoming big.  To grow up is a good goal yet there are some qualities of childhood that we shouldn’t leave behind.  When the disciples had a ‘grown-up’ conversation about who was the greatest, Jesus pointed this out to them:

[36] And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, [37] “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.” Mark 9:36-37

This wouldn’t be an easy lesson to hear but Jesus was teaching this group that their ‘grown-up’discussion was childish and that they needed instead to learn how to be childlike.  

Childlike attention would mean that after hearing about the resurrection they would talk about how great Jesus was instead of how great they were…

Childlike faith would mean they would receive Jesus and His news without worry of who would be the leader once He was gone…

Childlike honesty would mean they would admit to their silliness when asked about it rather than being quiet and looking down at the ground.  

To be Childlike in these ways is to remain pure in ways that our ‘grown-up’ tendencies try to grow right out of how God wants us to be.  We can all have childish moments.  Can we all have childlike devotion to The Savior?  I believe we can but it is a choice.  Not just a one-time choice but a daily choice.  Today, pray to revert to childlike attention to Jesus and childlike faith in Him.