Extended reading: Matthew 17:9-27 healing of a boy and the faith of a mustard seed
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
In this passage Jesus wants his followers to become like children, but exactly what could he mean by this statement? A child is can be naïve, pure, unblemished, blameless, accepting, trusting, and so many more attributes. This I feel has to do not only with our own accepting of Jesus and his teachings, but also refraining from being judgmental, and accepting those we encounter in our lives. A child accepts other children without seeing the many differences that we as adults have been taught and learned in our encounters. A young child just sees a potential friend, someone they accept and love from the first encounter.
Dear God, help me in my everyday life to adopt the childlike qualities you expect from your followers. Let me not judge those I do not yet know. Help me try to put aside judgments I have made, instead of looking at people like you would want us to see them. Amen