“You act worse than a child!” “Act your age!” “Will you grow up!” These are all phrases I am sure you have heard. Maybe they were directed towards you. Maybe it was said to someone you know. Or maybe you recently said it. Either way, we often tell people that acting like a child is no way to conduct oneself. But maybe that isn’t completely true. Have you considered that acting childish could be a good thing? Not to mention rewarding.
I can hear many “Bible Scholars” thinking, “the scriptures say to put away childish things” (1 Cor. 13:11). Please understand that I am not ignoring Paul’s epistle or creating some new doctrine. In fact, I’m only agreeing with Jesus in Mark 10:15 when He said, “Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” You see, there is something about acting childish that pleases the Lord and grants you access to the Kingdom. Is it stomping around and pouting? Is it falling on the floor and crying in order to get your way? No, it isn’t although many adults behave like this when the Lord doesn’t answer their prayers as fast as they want or in the way they want them answered. We can discuss this point at another time.
Children are remarkable in how they approach people they trust. They just go straight to the person and sit on their lap or hug them or tap them on the leg to get the adult’s attention. They do not take into consideration what the adult may be doing but they do know they want attention right at that moment. They come with innocence and full trust. They know that as long as they are in the adult’s presence, they are safe and all needs will be met. That’s the way we need to approach the Lord. Not with worrying and complaining but trust, love and peace in His presence. He wants you to be near to Him. He wants you to focus on Him first so that He can take care of all of your needs.
Are you ready to be childish? Good! I am also!