Act Like A Child

July 25, 2017
by Martin Wiles

Matthew 18:3 – Then he said, "I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. (NLT)

They gathered around their teacher with wide-open eyes, eager to hear what she'd say.

Our annual Vacation Bible School had arrived. Things would be different this year, since our classroom building was under renovation and we were short on teachers. Our director planned to step in as a teacher, combine two classes, and share her Bible stories in the auditorium.

Following the pledges to the flags and to the Bible, the offering was received, the older children were dismissed, and the two younger classes were invited to circle around their teacher at the front. Like starving animals, they herded around their leader. After she settled them down, she began her story. Each night, the process repeated itself with the same anticipation. When question time came, they were eager to respond.

I watched with amazement from the back of the building, thinking how I never witness such a sight with adults — myself included. I pondered over what happens that makes us lose our childhood excitement over learning about Jesus and being His follower. Jesus says that if I'm to enter the kingdom of heaven, I must become like a little child.

Acting like a child means having childlike faith. When the story of Jonah and the great fish was related, the children didn't question whether the event actually happened or whether it was a legend. Nor did they debate whether it was a large fish or a whale. They took the story at face value and learned the lesson: disobedience has consequences, and Jesus wants us to obey Him.

Acting like a child involves giving my all: money, time, talents, and possessions. Boys and girls competed to see who could bring the most change. The charitable organization that their money would support had been announced the first night. Though competition drove the total, the children gave to help others.

Acting like a child entails never losing my excitement over serving and learning about Jesus. Some of the children attended church regularly; others never had. Regardless, they were all excited to hear and learn. God wants me growing in my relationship with Him — and getting more rather than less excited as time marches on.

When it comes to serving Christ, act like a child!

Prayer: Father, help us never to lose our excitement over being Your child and maturing in our walk with You. Amen.

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Martin Wiles <mandmwiles@gmail.com>

Greenwood, South Carolina, USA


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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks, Martin, for sharing this experience and the lesson drawn from it. Blessings.


    Good thought and a salutory reminder.
    Blessings.


    Good lesson Martin – the kids are a great example of faith. Thank you.
    Blessings.


    I’ve heard that the degree of our excitement is the same degree of our faith.
    Thanks for this, Martin.


    Dear Martin Wiles,
    Thanks for sharing your VBS. I’m glad you went ahead even short-staffed.
    We too, have just had a Vacation Bible School for children.
    It was great to experience the children come to a high point of exaltation on the last day.
    May God keep all children on track for their whole lives to worship and lead and bring others to the salvation and full life that is in Jesus Christ. Amen.


    Hi Martin,
    A very interesting devotional.
    Thank you.

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