Last week, my blog What It’s Like To Have Child-Like Faith As A Full Grown Woman talked about my own trouble with finding child-like faith but once I started to grasp it, how faith and obedience had completely altered my relationship with Christ. In Part Two of this blog, I will be talking about the differences between Childish and Child-Like Faith and why it’s important to know about them. Then, how to turn that faith into obedience. (Make sure you have read the first part of this blog so that you have the full picture, then come back to this one.)
Childish Versus Child-Like.
Child-like faith is crucial in a deeper walk with Christ. This kind of faith shows us the moments that we can step out in darkness because we trust that God will always show up to be our light. And the truly remarkable thing is the more faith we put in Him, the more of His faithfulness that is revealed to us. This doesn’t mean that He wasn’t faithful to begin with, it just means that He is slowly chipping away at the doubt that blinds us.
We have child-like faith when we tithe a little extra during a week that is tight on paying bills, but we do it anyway because we hear His sweet voice remind us that He is true and admires obedience. Child-like faith happens when we hear Him tell us to go sit and talk with a woman sitting by herself in a coffee shop. That woman is usually blessed by the fact that somebody even noticed her, let alone started a conversation with her. Child-like faith is praying for God’s Will to take priority in our lives instead of our own.
Childish faith is pretty rough. An example of childish faith would be praying for an A on a test without studying for it. It could also be when we don’t have a job or we don’t seek a job, yet we expect our expenses to be covered. Both I have actually done. I expected God to just come through because I figured I, as a Christian, would just always be in His favor. This isn’t the case though. I am promised eternal life in Heaven with Christ, not every bell and whistle while here on Earth.
That is why Jesus asks us to be child-like, not to remain with a childish state of mind in an adult body.
Matthew 18:3-5 NIV, “And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”
Jesus isn’t asking us to actually revert back in time and become a child again. He is asking us to be curious to seek answers and long for a deeper relationship with Him. He asks us to believe that miracles can happen, that people can be healed, and that the most unreachable people can still be saved. He asks for our faith to be stretched and to never stop growing, along with our wonder and amazement at His goodness. He longs for us to know that even though we don’t see Him as we see another person, we see Him in creation all around and in The Holy Spirit within us.
Hebrews 11:1 NIV, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
During the daytime, we don’t see the stars, but we know they are there. They still exist and are still very real, but when they go away, we don’t question why they left or how long they’d be gone. We trust they would return to our sight once again.
We must have the same faith with Christ, that even when it seems like He isn’t there, He actually is. He is always there, guiding and protecting us with His mighty hand.
Obedience Measured By Our Faith.
If you still find yourselves struggling to have this child-like faith but you hunger for it, I encourage you to just dive right into it. Start praying for an obedient heart and for your faith to be put into action. I guarantee you, God will start to put people and situations in your path that fully require you to step back and say “Alright, Holy Spirit, I don’t know what you’re doing here, but I can’t wait to see how this turns out!” The matter of the fact is that The Holy Spirit can change people’s lives with or without our obedience and child-like faith, but when we are obedient to His Will, it lifts and edifies us as well. It strengthens us, our relationship with God, and our relationship with fellow Christians.
Jesus set the best example of obedience though. He was sent to Earth to live a sinless life and then offer Himself to die so that all of us could be saved. That includes the tax collectors, the prostitutes, the adulterers, the murderers, the outcasts, the lepers, the sinners, every last one of them. Which means us because we too are sinners. The same blood that has the power to cover you, covers me and has the full capacity to cover the people that might think they are too far gone to receive redemption.
2 Corinthians 5:15 NIV, “And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”
He died for all. Jesus’ obedience stretched out to all those that accepted it, from one nail-pierced hand to the other. So now that we have accepted it, we must allow ourselves to continue to be His hands and feet. The Holy Spirit wants to work through us to reach all of those that some people could never imagine touching. Look at Jesus’ life, how he went straight to the sickness, the lost and the broken, the ones that people ridiculed and left in the streets, people that had let sin consume them. That’s where He went because it showed His followers that no sin was too great to stop His love for them.
Romans 8:38-39 NIV, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Obedience is having a Christ-like attitude along with child-like faith. It is being a representation of God’s love for the lost and the hurting and having faith that no matter how far they think they might be, God still loves them.
As a child, I had to have faith that my parents would love and take care of me. Now as an adult woman, my life requires even more faith from me. Thankfully though, my Heavenly Father is my solid foundation from where my faith is found. When I tried to put my faith in the world, I was hurt and disappointed because it always fell through and never kept its promises. Then I tried to put my faith in myself but I had found that often times I wasn’t able to keep all of the promises I said I would, such as always loving who I was and to always be better. But through it all, Jesus just kept pulling on my heart to return to Him and I am so thankful He did. He kept His promise to be faithful even when I turned my back on Him. His constant faithfulness in the midst of my unfaithfulness is what makes Him God, and makes me yearn for His love. That’s what makes me trust Him when He asks for my obedience.
For this reason, let us run to our Fathers embrace as children do to their parents. Believing that their arms will remain open, give us peace and surround us with protection. Let His goodness never cease to amaze us, let nothing in this world surpass His love for us. Continue to feed your faith by putting it into action and then seeing the mountains move.
Matthew 17:20 NIV, “…Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to here,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
In what ways has your faith been tested? What are you doing to expand your faith and obedience? I would love to hear from you so email me at email@example.com.
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