I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matt. 18:3)

WE SPEND OUR CHILDHOODS pretending to be grown up. We cannot wait for the day to be out on our own doing our own thing. In some sense, we do not want to be children. Children can’t vote, can’t drive, can’t date, and can’t choose at different points in their childhood. They are helpless, needy, and dependent. Who wants to be vulnerable, powerless, and humble like a child? But this is the call of Jesus: “unless you change and become like little children.”

Truth be known, we hate change. It’s uncomfortable. It means losing something we value or deem important. It requires humility to admit our way is not the best way. This change gives up control, and we like to be in control. It is like being a child. Jesus knows this and told us that unless we change and let go of pride, position, and selfishness we will have no place in heaven. In order to receive God’s full blessing, we must humble ourselves in our approach. The humblest Christians are most like Christ, and highest in His favor. They are fittest to serve God in this world and enjoy Him in another. God overlooks heaven and earth to look on such. And certainly those are to be most respected and honored who are most humble and self-denying; for, though they least seek it, they best deserve it. God is our heavenly Father. He cares deeply for His children. Those who humble themselves find refuge in His presence and protection from their enemies and their place in the kingdom of heaven.

Consider the position of your heart and attitude when approaching God.

Scott Simmons is the author of the youth discipleship series iFollow (Wesleyan Publishing House) and the youth ministry movement director for The Wesleyan Church.