The innocence of a child’s perspective
By Travis Minnich
“As we grow, some of the attributes of a child begin to dull and diminish without us even realizing.”
As time passes it is inevitable that our body begin to wear down and functionality is reduced. The 20/20 vision we once enjoyed becomes fuzzy and we require assistance. We make an appointment with the optometrist and they give us a new prescription. With a new prescription we now can see how we once did, but may have forgotten what that was like.
A new prescription allows us to see clearly, colors become more vibrant, and it is like we are seeing the whole world for the first time. Our eyes are again functioning how they are supposed to and how they once did. It can be such a drastic change that it can be too much to take in all at once. We take off the new glasses, rub our eye and blink trying to determine if it is all real.
In Matthew 18:1-4, Jesus teaches that to be great in the Kingdom of God we have to change our perspective, to get a new prescription. “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven.” We have to go back to the attributes of children and the way we use to be.
Children are genuine, dependent, trusting, loving, forgive and forget, teachable, and pure. As we grow, some of the attributes of a child begin to dull and diminish without us even realizing. We say what we think someone wants to hear, rely on ourselves over other, question other’s motives, become sinical, hold grudges and allow negative thinking. Just like we become used to an old prescription that no longer gives perfect vision, we no longer function as God would desire but see Him through different lenses.
Being around little children quickly reminds us of these attributes and the freedom and joy that come with them. Nostalgia set in and we reminisce of days past. Quiet prayers are spoken in a desire to return to a simpler time.
Jesus is teaching the disciples here to do just that. God is our father and desires good things for all of His children (Matthew 7:11). He wants us to function as His children, to not be dependent on ourselves or on what the world has to offer but to come to our father.
To humble ourselves like children is a hard task. We no longer can rely solely on our talent and ability but trust the one who is able. With a new understanding of dependence, trust, and love we can begin to clearly see our need for Christ.
As parents we are reminded of what it is like to be a child. We are the provider, protector, counselor, doctor, chef and all the many roles that come with it. Our children look to us not just as an end to a means but have full trust and belief that we will do all and more than they need. Let this serve as a reminder that though we are further along the path of life, we never stopped being children to the greatest father of all. Look to him in wonder and amazement, as a child, and trust that he is with you every step of the way.
Let us be humble before God and restore the joy of our salvation. Look to God through the eyes of child and remember the newness of salvation in Him again today. Walk in who we are called to be, His Children.
Pastor Travis and Sunshine Minnich serve as the Associate Pastors of First Assembly of God – Youngsville and have been on staff since 2013. They have eight children ranging from 15-4 months and count it an honor to raise them to love and know God.