“Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” Mark 10:15
The actions of the disciples that provoked these words (Mark 10:14, 15) from Jesus are helpful to us. The parents of the children wanted Jesus to ‘touch them.’ The disciples thought the children would only distract Jesus and be a pest. How wrong they were!
In His gentle rebuke of the disciples and correction of the parents Jesus reveals that the kind of faith that results in salvation is the same kind of faith that a child has. In fact no adult can be saved without this kind of faith.
What kind of faith is it? It is the kind of faith that expects to be loved and cared for because of the relationship with the one who is the object of faith.
For a child, the object of faith is their parents. Children expect their parents to love them and demonstrate that love by providing for and protecting them. Of course some parents do not live up to these expectations and a child may cease to have faith in its parents.
When we come to our heavenly Father with this same kind of faith, He is faithful and justified in providing all our need. What is our need? We need to be delivered from the power of sin, death and the devil.
We come to Him with this kind of faith because we realise that He loves us and has sent His Son to take our sin upon Himself.
Children will find it easier to have this kind of faith while they are young and have not been let down by adults so often. Our heavenly Father will never let us down. He is faithful and true to His word. The first word of faith is, “Thankyou.”