Today, we continue our study of Mark 10. Earlier, the disciples were mistakingly debating which one of them would have the greatest spot in the kingdom of the Lord Jesus. Meanwhile, the Lord Jesus took a child into His arms to teach them about His ways. This came on the heels of the Lord Jesus confronting the disciples for trying to prevent someone from casting out demons whom they thought did not belong to their inner circle.
The Lord Jesus was not particularly pleased that His disciples, who were trying to prevent children access to Him, were not getting the point that He was illustrating. He regularly allowed children to come to Him and, when they did, He gave them His complete attention. The value of a person is truly seen in how he treats the lowest among us.
The Lord Jesus had taken several children in His arms, and blessed them. In doing so, He was granting His disciples the possibility of a deeper knowledge of His way of thinking. He was demonstrating that His kingdom belongs to those who are cognizant of and motivated by dependency on the Father who is in heaven.
Only God can convert an adult into child-likeness. In order to do so, our inability must be revealed to us, resulting in the humble reception of His free gift. We find it very difficult to receive grace, and, we hold tightly to the idea that we must contribute to the gift of salvation. Even after we have been believers for quite some time, we have found it difficult to wrap our souls around the concept of God's unmerited favor. This is diabolical in nature. And, it explains why we struggle with the whole concept of faith.
As a result, we struggle with the idea that God requests to orchestrate the events of our lives. We struggle going belly up with Him because it is a vulnerable position. And, due to our warped perspective, God must at times show us our total bankruptcy in order for us to get His way of thinking and living. Becoming like a child requires admission that we need help and that we are not what we usually project to others. Being childlike is coming to the place that we are more and more aware of our utter need for God's help and crying out for it.
When we become increasingly vulnerable with God and we experience His grace, we naturally desire to allow God to be, by definition, the Supreme Being in our lives. Child-like faith is always required for this to happen. And, childlike faith is not childish faith. Childish faith refuses to grow up. We grow up in our faith by accepting the idea that we do not manufacture our growth, He does that. And very often it is painful letting go of dependency upon self. The role we play is to practice the child-like faith that is dependent on Him to do what is necessary in and through our yielded lives.