Matthew 18: 1-3
At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” And Jesus called a little child unto Him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, “Verily I say unto you, unless ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.”
Some people really struggle with the concepts of this scripture, and I am not certain it’s looked at as deeply as it truly needs to be. The Word of God is a road map to healthy and blessed living. Isaiah 55:11 says that God’s Word will not return void, so it would seem that whatever is said, especially by Jesus himself, might be relatively (extraordinarily!) valuable.
Upon reflection, I would suggest that being young at heart is to maintain a childlike innocence in the appreciation and celebration of the little things; a capacity to be unmoved or hardened by the realities of life, and living by a generosity that chooses to see and relate to others, on a heart level. Conversely, to be childish would be to nurture a desire to control, deflect personal responsibility, and require other people to adjust their behavior in order to pacify self.
How childlike do you find yourself to be? Do you have a trusting, fearless relationship with God, or are you still fighting to have your way; battling His principles and maintaining that only parts of His law is relevant to you or your personal situation?
He is faithful to reveal our potential pitfalls and is clear in how to avoid them – the rest is up to you.