Preservation Of Christianity (Part 1) – The Heart Of A Child
“Action begins when an urgency becomes so uncomfortable that it pushes you out of your current place of complacent comfort.”
What does it mean to have the heart of a child? Have you ever asked a small child the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Often times you will get an answer like “I want to be a firefighter”, or “an astronaut”, or “a veterinarian”. In that young mind they are not on a mission to become those things, they already are! They have put out tons of imaginary fires, been to every planet in all creation, and have bandaged and tended to every sick, stuffed (and real) animal in the house. Do you see where I am going with this? A child has no understanding of becoming something, in their mind they already are. To a child, greatness is not something they have to achieve; they already are great because they do not have an understanding of failure.
How much could we learn from a child? What would our lives look like if we adopted that same mentality and blindness to failure? Our entire pursuit of passion would change, our faith in God would explode, and our dreams would become reality out of the lack of understanding what it means to fail.
In , the disciples asked Jesus what it meant to be great. Jesus called over a small child and explained to them that to be great in His kingdom took the mentality of a child. Jesus was saying that it takes a heart that cannot understand failure. It took a mind immune to the judgement of the world; just as a child will walk down the isles of a supermarket sporting a towel cape and their underwear over their pants.This is what it means to be as a child.
As we grew older we became influenced by things around us. Our views of who we thought we were become clouded in the haze of cultural judgment (more on this in a later post). We forgot who we were in an effort to become what people wanted of us instead who God wanted us to be.
It is time to stop trying to become someone you are not. If you go to Branson, Missouri, you will find dozens of people with shows where they impersonate famous artists like the beetles, Elvis, and Kenny Chesney. These people have made a career out of acting, singing, looking, and dressing like someone else. Many times we take this same stance. We try to become like someone else to ensure our “salvation”. We fall victim to the oldest trap in the book: A promise of a better outcome by trying to become something we were not created to be.
Everything God has called you to be is already within you. We are not on a journey to become something great, we are on a journey to be all God has called us to be. I think this is why Jesus said we had to be as children. Children have no desire to be something they are not. They are not on a mission to impress. They are who they are. It is not until they get made fun of or hurt that they begin to try and impress others. They change their attitudes, thoughts, and appearance to conform to a false standard. This is why Jesus spoke so harshly of leading a child into sin. Sin alters their understanding of who they are, just as it does you and I.
I feel God is saying It is time for His children to be children. A people so consumed in Christ that they are fulfilling the call God placed in their lives instead of trying to conform to the lie that they have to become something greater than they already are. Not looking to each other to see how we need to change ourselves but learning from each other and supporting one another’s God-given gifts and dreams.
“It is time for God’s children to be children.”