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Becoming Like a Two-Week Old

What time did you get up this morning? My two-week old son awakened me this morning at 2:00 A.M. I rolled out of bed, staggered toward the bassinet, and discovered he needed a fresh diaper. I should know this by now, but leaving certain parts of his anatomy uncovered for even a second can result in a warm shower. Don’t get me wrong, I like starting my day with a soothing warm shower, but I personally prefer the kind with water and not with…well you know. Thankfully, I was nimble enough on my feet this morning to dodge the geyser, but the curtains, bassinet, carpet, and everything else within a range of his artillery were not quite so blessed.

I called for backups, and my wife was soon beside me. We looked at each other thinking, “What have we gotten ourselves into?” There was a brief moment when I wished I could look down at my son, and say, “OK, k pal, this is your mess, now you clean it up!” Wouldn’t that be nice? But the more I thought about it, that more I realized that wouldn’t be so nice after all. We actually enjoy that he depends on us. My wife loves being able to feed him. I like pushing him in a stroller. He can’t do anything productive on his own. He needs us, and we wouldn’t want it any other way.

This was the sentiment Jesus was thinking of when he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3).

The heart of Christianity is about becoming dependent and trusting like a child. It’s not about learning things. It’s about unlearning a thing or two. It’s about unlearning your independent methods of getting your needs met. It’s realizing that apart from Christ, you are helpless and incapable of meeting your own needs. For a child, trusting mom and dad is his only option?. He would starve and die without us. Is trusting and depending on Christ your only option? It is if you can still feel the sour taste of independent Christian living in your mouth. Your Father enjoys when you depend on Him. He loves when you trust him and not your intelligence, your skills, your emotions, or your personality for it is in this manner that you two will bond with one another. Remember trust your Heavenly Father. He knows what’s best for you.

Andy Knight

About the Author

Andy is the user interface designer for YouVersion, the Bible App. He has a passion for sharing God's story of grace and freedom through the internet. Andy lives in Roswell, GA, with his wife and three sons. You can follow him on Twitter at @andyknight.