3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
– New International Version
What does this verse mean?
To me it means like children believe in the tooth fairy, Santa Clause, Spiderman, Batman, we too as adults should believe in God in the same way.
I have got in some heated debates about God with members of my family and just persons in general. When I really think down to what the debates are about, most of them are why do I even believe God exists.
“How do you really know God is real?” or “I think science had a great part to do with man’s creation and I believe more in science than God.”
I could go back and forth with them for hours on this and sometimes, most times, never reach an agreement. The only agreement is to just leave it alone. The conversation that is – until another time.
But I believe that God, at least in one aspect, meant in Matthew 18:3 that we, as human beings, need to watch children in how they believe so quickly when an adult tells them Santa Clause is coming or if they leave their tooth under the pillow the tooth fairy will come.
Now I know what you are probably thinking too. Kids visibly see money under their pillow and presents under the tree. So that too makes a HUGE difference in them believing Santa Clause and the tooth fairy exist. Plus they can watch their superhero’s on television or in comic books to see them in action.
Great point, but….
What if, like Santa Clause, the tooth fairy, Batman, Spiderman and so many others we raised kids to know who God is in the same way and show them His super powers.
I don’t have kids, but if I did this may be something I might do before I put my child to bed:
Me: Mini me. Do you know who the super hero God is?
Daughter: No. Is He like Superman or Batman?
Me: Even better! He created this planet we live on and all the animals in it. He created me, you, your mom and your brother as well as all your friends at school.
Daughter: But don’t our mommies and daddies create us?
Me: But who do you think created the first mommy and daddy that ever existed?
Daughter: I don’t know, who?
Me: God. Take a look here in Genesis…with Adam & Eve. And the animals here in Genesis…And the earth here in Genesis…
Daughter: How come I don’t see God now like I see Superman and Batman?
Me: You are looking at a picture of Him right now in me.
Daughter: Wait, you are God?!
Me: No, no. But we are all made in the image of God so we have His resemblance. It says so here in Genesis…
Daughter: Can God fly like Superman or fight like Batman?
Me: Let’s take a look through these books in the Bible to show you all of the times God stepped in during wars and battles. As well as when He sent His only Son Jesus to come down or fly down from heaven to save me and you.
Daughter: Last question dad. When I go to school and kids pick on me, how do I know that God is with me?
Me: Let’s look at Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV) where it says,
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
God is with you always mini me. Even when me and your mom pass away. If you build a relationship with Him now like you do your best friends at school you will know that you are never alone and that He loves you SO very much! God loves you way more than your mother and I ever could. He created you out of love and because He wants you to love Him back, as He loves you. When you get older, find a man who puts God before you and you will be set.
So to me, that is how I would show my child God is real. Like parents show their child Santa Clause is real or the tooth fairy is real.
Because as kids get older they eventually realize Santa Clause isn’t real and neither is the tooth fairy. So why do they push the stories back on their kids though they know they are fake? Because their is beauty in the innocence of a child and seeing the joy around them believing in something that gives them so much happiness and pleasure.
So my question to parents and just people in general is why not believe in God? Why not preach to kids about a God that will never fade or be looked at as a fake if they are grounded early on in who He is and build an early relationship with Him.
God, unlike the tooth fairy, Santa Clause, Batman, Superman and any others is the only One you can build a truly intimate relationship with that can never be taken away. I’m not big on super hero’s, but if God gave humans a superpower, I think that is it.
Having an intimate relationship with God that can never be taken away by anyone. No man or woman, girl or boy, can take that from you. Ever.
Though society is going to want to push science and so many other things as kids get older, if we ground our kids in a relationship with God as they are young, they will develop an early and simple understanding of who God is. So when society throws complex scenarios of how life started, they will be brought back to stories their parents told them about God and how simple they made God out to be.
Not to say God isn’t complex. But when you start throwing in science, there are just way too many elements in my opinion, which could lead to anxiety and stress in trying to understand it all.
If God is the key and only element, what is their to stress about?
But what’s key is first understanding who God is at a simpler level that you best understand. Both for adults and children. Then as you develop into a relationship with Him, as you would a person, your desire to learn more about Him. But if ever it gets too stressful in trying to understand the whole Bible, you can take it back and remember like a child that God is God and that is all that really matters at the end of the day.
And that Jesus came down and died for our sins. Haha – can’t leave that out.