“And said, Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 18:3).
Why did the Lord say that we should have faith like a child? Why does he compare faith to the faith of a child? Why is it necessary to believe in this way?
I conclude, that the different between a child and an adult is in the baggage of knowledge. When a child grows up, he can understand a lot on his own, from this, he begins to rely on himself, and not on the parents.
God has placed for us: if you want to become heavenly and live eternally, it is necessary to die for this world, for all the teachings of this world (knowledge), which you lived by, because we believed in them (we were sinners, because we believed in many things, but not in God). And to believe in the one and only Truth from God, the teaching of Jesus Christ, be born from God – to accept the Word of Truth and live by Him, by Christ, completely trust Him, and become His child.
God loved us when we were yet sinners, and He gave us His Own Son (John 3:16). We need to be humble and become as little children, listen and do the will of our Heavenly Father. That is the only way to inherit the Eternal Kingdom.
I simply believe, that God Himself “Of His own will begat He us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures” (James 1:18). “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13). If God begat, then He is the Father, and the one born from Him – is His child.
Why is it necessary to believe in this way? “But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).
I believe every Word of God, because it is truth, it does not change, has power, and is the living word. By faith a person has forgiveness, justification, salvation, sanctification, healing, holiness, joy, love, eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven. He gave me the opportunity to be His child.
Prior to this, I carried a burden upon myself, guilt, the past would always follow me, and here suddenly – everything is forgiven and Eternal Life is given, simply as a gift! I indeed rejoiced as a child then, not wavering in any way. His words are truth and today I rejoice in the same way, because I completely trust my Heavenly Father.
You need to be simple, sincere, and open, in order to inherit God’s promises. The growth needs to be natural, and the child-like faith is necessary for this and proper nourishment.
Example: It is a deep night. In the warm crib a child is sleeping. Outside it is cold, a blizzard. The mother comes, wakes up the child and says, we must go. And the child, without asking, fully trusting her, goes with her. The little child will not ask, are you sure where we will go it will be better there, he will not test her word, because he simply believes that his mother desires only good for him, although he may not understand why he needs to go somewhere at night and in the cold. When the time will come, he will understand why his mother told him to do so. But right now he simply trusts her and sincerely believes.
I understand that only faith saves us, faith like a child. God said – then this is the truth, whether we understand it or something is not yet fully open to us.
A child understands everything as it is told by his parents. In other words, the child looks at the world through the spoken word(s) of his parents.