Becoming Like Little Children

What does living in a 'childlike' way mean? Seth Dahl looks to his kids for inspiration to apply one of Jesus' most memorable lessons in daily practice.

 

Becoming Like Little Children

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What does living in a 'childlike' way mean? Seth Dahl looks to his kids for inspiration to apply one of Jesus' most memorable lessons in daily practice.


“Unless we change and become like little children, we cannot enter the kingdom of heaven,” Seth Dahl, children’s pastor of Bethel Church, begins. He’s quoting the well-known verse of Matthew 18:3.

Childlike faith. It’s a hallmark of the Christian life, yet one of the hardest things for us to adopt as adults. Why?

“One reason I’ve found that we, as adults, aren’t very childlike is because we mistake child-likeness with child-ishness,” he continues, “and if we do that, we end up avoiding the very thing we need.”

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The average American child laughs 400 times a day. How many times for an average adult? Twelve. Yeah; you could say that once we grow up, we also grow a serious “silly” deficit.

So how do we get out of it?

“We need to not take ourselves so seriously,” Dahl encourages. “We need to be OK with being silly and not care what other people think when we are.”

Yet another reminder of how our faith can anchor our worth. When our worth is secure, we can have fun with who we are—and find freedom from who we’re not. We can delight in how we’re created and know that if we’re in the kingdom, we can afford to play around there… just a little bit more.

How can you become more childlike in daily life? Watch how Seth does it in the video above.


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