On Saturday, I was driving to an event and the presence of the Lord suddenly flooded my car in such a way that I needed to pull over.
He then began speaking to my heart and He said, “I want to transition people from childishness to childlikeness.”
And then He reminded me of a verse that had never really stood out to me. I actually had to look it up.
“My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you-” Galatians 4:19
As I sat there, on the side of of US 64, I began to pray and cry.
You see, childlikeness is actually the evidence of Christ formed in us.
We tend to view childlikeness as immaturity.
It’s like we’ve come to know Jesus and at some point we think we have to grow up and become dignified. And while I get it, I really do, I don’t believe God ever intended us to grow up in this manner.
I actually believe that many of us have grown up into maturity, which is actually immaturity. And immaturity keeps us from our inheritance.
What is our inheritance?
As a child, our inheritance is an abundance (John 10:10) of love, peace, hope, joy, destiny, favor, blessings, and sonship in the Holy Spirit.
I believe The Lord is asking us to step back into our identity as children, to be childlike, and receive our inheritance.
How do we move from childishness to childlike?
1. By allowing God to make our hearts pure.
Too many of us have settled for a lesser degree of purity than The Lord desires and makes available.
Too many of us have began practicing sin management and The Lord practices sin eradication.
Too many of us have said things like, “This is just way I am.” and The Lord desires to cleanse us and make us pure.
Childlikeness in it’s most simplistic form is innocence innocence and purity.
2. By allowing ourselves to fully trust God.
When Ethan was younger, we would go to the swimming pool for fun. One of his favorite things to do was taking a run from the side of the pool and jumping into the pool, knowing that I would catch him and not let him drown.
I honestly believe that too many of us have settled for a form of faith that really isn’t faith at all. In fact, it’s more of an association. We believe that if we jump in, we need to be the ones to keep ourselves from drowning. And while that kind of makes sense, it really doesn’t because we need to begin to trust the One who never tires and loves catching us.
Childlikeness is trusting that God is always there and desires to catch you.
3. By allowing ourselves to be filled with wonder again.
When I lived in Corpus Christi, Texas I used to drive to the beach and sit for hours and look out upon the waters. EVERY TIME I went, I would catch myself saying, “Wow!” because of the beauty of it all.
It really was incredible.
I believe, every day, things happen in our lives in which we have the opportunity to say, “Wow!” but we are too busy to even notice or we have become too dignified to notice.
“Wow!” is actually wonder.
Childlikeness is being filled with wonder at all times.
I’m sure there are many more things that I could list.
And I’m sure you have already thought of several things that we could do to transition from childishness to childlikeness, but let’s not stop at thinking.
Let’s start intentionally pressing into the heart of the Father to become more childlike.
Let’s stop forfeiting our inheritance.