An Intimate Relationship With God 2 – Become Little Children

Unless You Become Like Little Children

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Even before I could think about bible study, I was always curious and amazed at a couple of scripture verses. “Unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” [Matthew 18:3] and “I thank you Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants” [Matthew 11:25]. Certainly God preferred us as little children and Himself as our Father rather than us trying to figure it out on our own as adults, but what else is God trying to tell us through these verses?

One major visible difference between an adult and a child is an adult has responsibilities, while a small child is carefree. The child’s needs are taken care of by his parents while an adult has to look after his own needs. God wants us to be like children not wanting us to take up the responsibility in this relationship with Him, but He is willing to take all responsibility towards building this relationship, while we just accept and receive His love for us.

Imagine a man who sees a little baby the first time and begins to play with it and he enjoys the time spent. The next time this man meets the baby; he will want to relate to the baby as if he is already close to it, however the baby will still treat the man as a stranger, simply because the relationship between the man and the baby is not established in the baby’s heart. Until this happens the child will not feel the closeness of the relationship. This can be especially visible when people want to adopt a child and try to relate to the child so that they can eventually win them over. So it takes a large effort on the part of the adult to establish a relationship with a child, while the child’s effort is to only accept the love being offered to it.

The world’s view of having a relationship with God is that we need to do stuff every now and then, without failing, so that we can please God and God will respond to our actions with His love for us, thereby establishing a relationship with Him and then we go on to do further things so that the relationship becomes a close one. But this is exactly opposite of what God wants and says so in His Word as in [Matthew 18:3]. He wants us to first experience His love for us by receiving His love like a child and then He establishes the relationship for us, only then can it go on to become a more intimate relationship. But without a revelation of God’s love in your life it is impossible to have a relationship with God.

For a relationship between any two people e.g. let’s say between two strangers, there has to first be communication and interaction, this brings about knowledge of each other, knowledge over time brings about trust and trust over time brings about intimacy in the relationship. The same goes with our relationship with God too and some people wonder where is God? Why do they never have an experience of God? Does God really exist? They want a short cut relationship with Him.

Our communication with God is established through the Word of God. God speaks to us through His Word and He reveals about Himself in the Word. When we agree with His Word and receive it into our hearts, we open up this channel of communication. This brings about knowledge of God within us. Over time we begin to see the truth of His Word and how it begins to manifest in our lives, so that it is no longer plain knowledge, but now there is trust in God and by trusting God on an on-going basis we begin to experience intimacy with Him.

Hidden From The Wise [Matthew 11:25]

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What has the Father hidden from the wise and why? Let us examine this verse. The wise of this world are those who make use of their intellect. While God blessed us with intellect to use it to our advantage, however he made us to submit our intellect to His Spirit, so that whenever there is a clash, the Spirit should have dominion over the intellect. But in today’s world it is known as foolishness to follow the heart and everyone is advised to follow their head because it’s a bad mean world and we will only face defeat, embarrassment and pain if we follow our heart. But was it God who created a bad mean world? No, everything that God created was good and after He created man it was very good [Genesis 1:31]. But due to sin, evil spread all over the world [Genesis 6:5]; but the original plan of God was good for all mankind and therefore the head (intellect/soul) was made to be subject to the heart (spirit). In other words these people who call themselves wise have chosen to go against God’s created pattern. So God’s saving plan included salvation for mankind that could not be understood by the intellect/soul, but only by the heart or spirit. “Believing in Jesus results in our sinfulness to be exchanged with God’s righteousness”. No intellect without the discernment of the spirit can understand this, the intellect only instructs man that he has to do acts of righteousness to become righteous before God. But those who have heard the gospel (i.e. the Word of God) and believed it have received God’s righteousness as a gift, this was the mystery of the gospel that was revealed by Paul [Romans 1:16-17]; because of their faith in God and by His grace they have received a new spirit and it is by this spirit that they can understand the mysteries of God. This is what it really means to be born again, that we no longer are subject to our intellect but to the Spirit of God dwelling in us for we have been made the children of God.

Most intellectuals will debate and argue over this message of the gospel because they cannot see anything tangible happening when they first put their faith in Jesus. Righteousness is not a feeling or emotion that can be manifested, so they do not experience anything physically or emotionally. However the wisdom of God is foolishness to the intellectual man and the wisdom of man is foolishness to God [1 Corinthians 3:19; 1 Corinthians 2:14]; But the foolishness of God is far superior to the wisdom of man [1 Corinthians 1:25] and God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise [1 Corinthians 1:27]. Does that mean a person who considers himself wise can never get to understand the mysteries of God? No not at all. What this is saying is that we all have been blessed with an intellect by God, but when we consider our intellect above God’s Word it amounts to foolishness in God’s sight, but when we subject our intellect to His Word (and to His Spirit that dwells in us) then we can get to experience the wisdom of God. This brings us back to the same point I mentioned in the earlier paragraph, that our spirit should be dominating us and not our intellect or emotions and it is quite clear that the spirit that God gave us when we accepted Jesus as our Savior has one significant purpose in our life, to shape and fashion us according to the Word of God.

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