During Sunday school yesterday, our youth group studied what sin is. They wrote down what the Bible says to say, to think, to do and to not do. We read Ephesians 5 and the 10 commandments and the fruits of the spirit. In just those few passages, we see how impossible it is to do what the Bible says to do. “Be imitators of Jesus”says one verse and another for this section says,”Be perfect therefore as your heavenly father is perfect” Mt 5:48.
As the youth studied what God said, they were so tender to learn- they asked questions…good questions.They evaluated their own failures in these areas and they recognized that they struggled with ongoing sin such as pride, anger, jealousy, revenge. I realized as we were discussing sin why the Lord says
“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
Did you see that?
Unless you CHANGE and become LIKE LITTLE CHILDREN- you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Why like little children? Because they spend their whole day learning, being instructed, being shaped by their teachers and parents- submitting themselves to others as they grow in knowledge. They see themselves as learners who need to be taught. They are under authority- They say “yes ma’am” when you ask them to do something. They trust and they come running to you when they need help. They seek you out when they are fearful.
And it stands in such contrast to adults- we are independent, self sufficient, take us like we are because I’m not changing! I already know what I need to know, Who are you to tell me something about my life? my actions? my thoughts? what I do or what I don’t do? I’m not changing, so you better learn to deal with it.
But God’s word does tell us what to do- what to say-what to think- what to not do. It says we need to submit to one another and welcome each other into our business. It’s called accountability and it’s vulnerable-recognizing that we need help. God calls us to be soft hearted- teachable- vulnerable- honest- and part of a body of believers (the church). You just can’t deny that the Bible teaches this if you read the scriptures.
I marvel at how humble our children can be- how much instruction they take, how they allow teaching into their lives and apply it to their situations. Oh that all of us as adults would become like children in this regard. Are there areas in your life that you won’t let God’s word speak to? Are there areas you claim adulthood in and refuse to submit to the Lord? Ask the Holy Spirit to soften you and to give you eyes to see that area as He sees that area.