FOR... Schools - Day 1

Opening Prayer:

Father, open my heart and mind to your word. I pray that I would experience your truth today and that I would humbly trust you to be the leader of my life. Amen

Read:  Matthew 18:3-4

“And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven.”

Reflect:

Children can be loud, whiny and curiously sticky. They can also be loving, eager and un-guardedly trusting. As we grow and become influenced by the world, we tend to lose the best qualities of our childhood and start to display our more selfish attributes. We can become judgmental, close-minded and egotistical. This is not how God wants us to live. The pages of the Bible are filled with God’s love for his people and his call for us to have that same compassion for others. God implores us to trust his will for our lives and to live by the example found in Jesus Christ.

Tapping in to a child-like faith is what Jesus is calling us to here in these verses in Matthew. Jesus is telling us to trust him without question, to humble ourselves and to love without judgement. Children can make concepts such as trust, humility and love seem so easy. As we grow, these actions become more difficult. We often feel that we know what is best for ourselves, we brag about our accomplishments and good deeds, are quick to judge and closed off to making new friends. Jesus wants us to live differently. Jesus wants us to love and trust like children.

Apply:

Reflect on your favorite qualities of your own children or the children you may know. What are some ways that you could emulate these characteristics in your own life? How is God calling you to have a more child-like faith?

Closing Prayer:

God you have made children in your image. Help me to find some areas of my life that I can change to be more like a child. Show me ways I can trust you more. Amen.

Terry Schneider