Ever heard the term “childlike faith”? Yes, we all have.
It stems from Matthew 18:3(NKJV) … “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
The reality is people leave out the verses before and after. In context it reads…
Matthew 18:1-4(NKJV) At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
The question the disciples posed was “Who is the highest ranking in Heaven?” And as we see in verse 4, when Jesus answered, He was talking about “humility” not faith.
Children have faith in Santa Clause to bring their requested toys at Christmas. They have faith the Easter Bunny will fill their baskets with yummy treats. And in the worst case scenario…they have faith in the fact they’re worthless or to blame for the unhappiness of others because the adults in their lives have told them so. Children are easily fooled and led astray.
However…the humility displayed by children is an amazing thing. They are not afraid to be viewed as foolish or ask the tough questions. They haven’t had enough life experience for their egos to overrule their desire to learn and they do so quickly.
James 4:6(ESV) But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
Colossians 3:12(NKJV) Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;
James 4:10(AMP) Humble yourselves [feeling very insignificant] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up and make your lives significant].
Our faith, on the other hand, is to be way beyond “childlike”. It is a gift from God and a gift to be exercised.
Hebrews 11:6(AMP) But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].
1 Corinthians 2:4-5(AMP) And my language and my message were not set forth in persuasive (enticing and plausible) words of wisdom, but they were in demonstration of the [Holy] Spirit and power [a proof by the Spirit and power of God, operating on me and stirring in the minds of my hearers the most holy emotions and thus persuading them], So that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men (human philosophy), but in the power of God.
Romans 12:3(ESV) For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
Romans 10:17(NKJV) So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
We are not to blindly follow anything but instead…
1 Thessalonians 5:21(ESV) but test everything; hold fast what is good.
And there is a reason for that…
Matthew 7:15(AMP) Beware of false prophets, who come to you dressed as sheep, but inside they are devouring wolves.
1 John 4:1(NKJV) Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
Hold fast to Him and allow Him to be the “author and finisher” of your faith.
Hebrews 12:2(AMP) Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.