We saw yesterday that Jesus exhorted His disciples to become as little children to enter the kingdom. Jesus brings out another aspect of child-like qualities that is very important. The Jewish leaders had shown very strong resistance to John the Baptist when he came to make way for Jesus, and now they accused Jesus of having a demon (Matthew 11:18). Jesus had worked miracles among them, but they refused to repent; “For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day” (11:23).
They were unteachable and therefore unrepentant. In reading this section in Matthew 11, you can almost feel the anguish of heart Jesus felt about their rejection. “At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.” (11:25–26).
It is a great quality to be teachable as we see in children. “The wise and understanding” in their own eyes have no desire to learn. Solomon said, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5). God is looking for those who want to learn from Him. Traditions and cultures have taught us the opposite of being a little child in spirit and mind. The Spirit of God waits to instruct the children of God who humbly say, ‘I don’t know anything as I should’.
In this ministry, we have come across many who have nothing of this world’s goods and little or no education, but they have a hunger and thirst for the Word of God and His wisdom. They are the people who by faith receive what they learn from Scripture and immediately apply it in obedience. Do you have this child-like quality?
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