There is a huge difference between being childish and childlike. Childish is being aware that what you’re doing is foolish; childlike is being innocently unaware.
Jesus was childlike.
- He knew the kid’s songs in the street—Luke 7:32.
- He wanted to have lot of kids around Him—Mark 10:14.
- Most of His teaching examples were basic—farmers, birds, flowers, wedding parties.
- Some were downright obvious—Matthew 15:16-17.
- Some of His interactions with His adversaries were playful—Mark 11:27-33.
And when He described the way to Heaven—
He called a little child to Him, and placed the child among them. And He said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:2-4)
Humbly loving God and innocently serving others. Isn’t that the essence of what Jesus taught us the Kingdom of Heaven was? Loving God and loving others in a childlike way.
Here’s how The Counselor trains us to be childlike:
- Think of everyone as your friend—Matthew 5:9, 44.
- Laugh more often because you have no burdens weighing you down—Matthew 11:28-30.
- Don’t use double entendrés—…be innocent (harmless, guileless, and without falsity)… (Matthew 10:16, AMP).
- Be fascinated by nature—Luke 12:27.
- Exercise your imagination—Matthew 18:10; Acts 6:15; 7:55-60.
The Counselor will teach us Christ-like childlikeness; He will reprove us when we are too “adult” in our thinking; He will continually correct us when we cross the line into childishness; and He will train us to love God and love others in a childlike way.