The Faith of a Child

“Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” [Luke 18:17 NIV]

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I was reading in the gospel of Luke earlier this week and I was struck by the difference between how two people responded to the Word of the Lord.

Firstly there was Zechariah. An angel of the Lord appeared to him, an amazing experience to begin with, and told him his wife would have a baby in her old age. You would think that if an angel told you something directly from the Lord, you would say, ‘yes sir.’ But no, Zechariah did not believe — he doubted — and as a result was struck dumb until the promise came to pass.

On the other hand, Mary was also visited by an angel of the Lord. She was told she would conceive and give birth to the Son of God. Other than wondering how it would happen since she was a virgin, her answer was. ‘I am the Lord’s servant, may your word to me be fulfilled.’

What is the difference here? Perhaps their difference in age had a lot to do with it. Zechariah was old — with age we can become cynical, or think we know all the answers, what is and is not possible, and we can become set in our beliefs. Mary was most likely a young teenager — still full of innocent trust, not disillusioned with the world at all. She still believed anything was possible.

It just goes to show why Jesus stated the verse above. We must accept His word with the simple faith of a child — not over-think things. We need to just say ‘yes, I will receive that promise,’ and wait for it to come to pass.

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