Faith like a Child

boy praying to God.

When the disciples asked who was the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven, Jesus asked a child to come and stand in front of them.  He then said that they must become like children to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.   And, then He said that the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven is the one who humbles himself and becomes like this child (Matthew 18: 1-5.)  That made me ask the question, “What is a child like?” 

Children easily believe.  Some may say that this is not a good quality, that it will make us gullible. But the Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). It is as simple as that.  But many try to add things to it because this seems too easy.  Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross is sufficient.  We do not need to add anything. We cannot add anything.  It is by God’s grace that we are saved.  If we could do anything to accomplish salvation, we would try to take the credit.  God is due all the glory because He has provided salvation for us.

A poem was written in 1860 by Anna B. Warner to comfort a dying child.  A year later, William Bradbury put it to music and added the chorus.  You may have sung it, and even if you have, please read all the words:

Jesus loves me!
This I know,
For 
the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong;
They are weak but He is strong.

Jesus loves me!
Loves me still,
Tho I’m very weak and ill,
That I might from sin be free,
Bled and died upon the tree.

Jesus loves me!
He who died
Heaven’s gate to open wide;
He will 
wash away my sin,
Let His little child come in.

Jesus loves me!
He will stay
Close beside me all the way.
Thou hast bled and died for me;
I will henceforth live for Thee.

 

Chorus:
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

This is the simple message of salvation and what our response should be. First, to believe it because the Bible tells us so.  Second, we are to live for Him because of all He has done for us.

Written by Denise Zambrano: Denise loves to teach the Bible and sing. She teaches a women’s Bible study and a high school Sunday School class.  Along with her daughter, Linda, she is an advocate at A Baby’s Breath (a crisis pregnancy center). She loves being a grandmother to Tim, Becky, Alexander and William (who is with Jesus).  She was a missionary with Radio Station HCJB in Quito, Ecuador for 35 years.

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