by Alvin Gan
Jesus told his disciples "I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little
children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this
little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven." (Matthew 18:3-4)
We offer 3 reasons why it may be easier for children to find Christ.
Children skip the step that most adults need to undergo. Unlike most adults, kids are used to the idea that
there is someone else in charge, someone they must rely on, and that someone is much bigger than
Many people worry about how children may not understand difficult terms like ‘salvation’ and ‘mercy’, that
these ideas may be too complicated for them. Sure, this may be true, but children never ask you what love
is. (And surely, love is far more difficult to define.) A humble understanding, is, maybe the only true
form of understanding.
Children can’t even see beyond the day, how can they really commit their lives to Christ? We laugh at a boy
of six who says he wants to become a fireman – it’s just an immature whim. Perhaps God laughs at us for
laughing at the little boy? In God’s grand scheme of things, who isn’t immature? No one!
But sincerity is another matter. There is no doubting the sincerity of the boy wanting to be a fireman. And
sincerity is what God seeks. "God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God." (Matthew
The Bible tells us “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries.” (Matthew 6:34)
Jesus reminds those of ‘little faith’, not to be distracted by ‘What will we eat?’, ‘What will we drink?’
‘What will we wear?’. (Matthew 6:31) Unlike adults who are often bogged down by these mundane worries,
Children are perhaps freer, to seek other priorities, like ‘The Kingdom of God’. (Matthew 6:33)
Children live in the here and now, but that in no way diminishes a child’s understanding of eternity. They
have greater faith in the permanence of things and are quite willing to commit to ideas of ‘forever’.
Hence, Build a Relationship, Keep the Faith
Children may live only in the here and now, but every moment in their precious childhood becomes a lasting
memory through adulthood. And this includes the time you have with them.
Which is the reason that relationship-building takes on extra importance when it comes to children. It is
not just the message we are giving; it is more importantly, an intimate exchange of trust, a sample of
Christ’s love, and a role-model for present and future reference.
More than just bringing them to faith in Jesus our savior, this sample of Christ’s love, stamped forever in
the child’s heart, helps him keep the faith. Christ’s love will see him through life’s injustices and
cruelties. Instead of false pride, cynicism and insecurity, Christ’s love sustains a child’s humility,
sincerity and faith.