AS LITTLE CHILDREN… As a little child…
Matthew 18:1-6 1. LEARNS
18:1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, to FIND OUT - about life - what it’s all about - about
saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? 2 what counts
And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the to learn and grow
midst of them, 3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except to explore
ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall to ask a lot of questions
not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whosoever
therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same “…receive the kingdom of God as a little child” Lk. 18:17
is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoso shall
receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. 6 DON’T…
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which Stop Learning
believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were Lose the desire to learn
hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the
depth of the sea. Mat 11:29 Learn of Me
Jer 10:2 Learn not the way of the heathen
However old we are - we are still learning.
Are we learning of Him - of our Lord?
Prov 1:5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning..
Someone has said…
"Most of what I really need to know about how to live, and
what to do, and how to be, I learned in kindergarten.
Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school
mountain, but there in the sandbox at nursery school.
"These are the things I learned: Share everything. Play
fair. Don't hit people. Put things back where you found
them. Clean up your own mess. Don't take things that
aren't yours. Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody. ...
When you go out into the world watch for traffic, hold As a little child…
hands, and stick together." 2. LAUGHS
Children can quickly make their own fun and happiness -
Sir Isaac Newton said: I don't know what I may seem to they play games, skip, play - and make the most of each
the world, but, as to myself, I seem to have been only like moment
a boy playing on the sea shore, and diverting myself in
now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell We have a great Reason
than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all to enjoy life
undiscovered before me. to be happy - to be glad
to sing - with joy in our heart - deep down in our heart
We need to learn about God and be willing to keep on
learning. He puts a
smile in my soul
Little children don’t know it all. laugh in my heart
They aren’t teenagers yet. joy in my life
We need to know that we don’t know it all. One day, little Britney, came up to her mum and said,
We have lots more to learn. "Mom, I know that Jesus lives inside my heart. But how do
I tell him I love him? Do you think if I write 'I love you' on
We only have a bucket-load of the ocean. a piece of paper and eat it, he'll get the note?"
2 Cor. 7:4 …I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation. 5
…we were troubled on every side; without were fightings,
within were fears. 6 Nevertheless God, that comforteth
those that are cast down, comforted us…
There’s joy in our heart and life. We may go through the
toughest time, but there’s still joy in our life, deep in our
DON’T Forget to enjoy God’s gifts
Psa 144:15 …happy is that people, whose God is the
As a little child… I chuckled at her naivete and said, "Savannah, it's a lot
3. LOOKS for Help - Cries OUT deeper down here."
A child knows
they are Weak & She said, "I don't care. I want to be where you are."
they need Help "Okay, come on," I said.
A man and his wife taught children's church... She began dog-paddling across the pool ... three-foot ...
I was telling the boys and girls, ranging in age from four to six-foot ... nine-foot ... 12-foot-deep water. When she came
eleven, that we all are born in sin, but by grace are saved up to me she grabbed my neck, and her look of panic gave
through faith. One of the younger girls first looked way to relief. Next to her father she felt secure, and it made
puzzled, then said quite seriously, "I wasn't born in sin. I very little difference how deep or how dangerous the water
was born in November." was.
We all were born as lost sinners. We all need God to save There’s safety near the Father. We can call on Him to help
us and guide us as we follow Him. us.
There’s Safety near the father Stop asking God to help you
A family bought a swimming pool. The father was down in Have a Do-it-yourself religion. You need to ask God for
the deep end by the diving board swimming around. His His help and strength
four-year-old, Savannah, came tottering into the shallow
end of the pool… Sometimes we think we are so important.
We start acting like we don’t need God. That we can
She can't swim yet, but she wears these big orange manage on our own. That we can do it “MY WAY”.
"floaties." She can't sink with these huge orange floaties
on. But really we are weak and need God’s help all the time.
Savannah came down the steps, and as soon as she got out A mother tells…
there in the water, she said "Daddy, I'm scared. I want to One day I decided to take my three children to an ice
come where you are." skating party in a nearby town, but after several wrong
turns and stops to ask directions, I pulled over to the side
of the road and suggested we all ask God to help us find A child has simple trust. Do we?
the rink. When we finally arrived, we were nearly an hour
late. The following week, as we got into the car to go Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the
skating again, my five-year-old son exclaimed, "Mom, let's Lord shall be saved.
pray now and save time!"
The trouble with old clay…
Let’s call on God to come to our aid. I took a piece of plastic clay,
And idly fashioned it one day.
(a man worried about his son) And as my fingers pressed it still,
Mark 9:24 And straightway the father of the child cried It moved and yielded to my will.
out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine
unbelief. I came again when the days were passed,
And the bit of clay was hard at last.
(a woman worried about her daughter) The form I gave it still it bore,
Mat 15:25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, But I could change that form no more.
Lord, help me.
I took a piece of living clay,
Psalm 12:1 starts off with two words of prayer we can all And gently formed it day by day;
use… And molded with my power and art,
Help, Lord!… A young child's soft and yielding heart.
A Child’s Trust I came again when the days were gone,
A father was playing with his little boy, repeatedly It was a man I looked upon.
throwing him in the air and catching him just before he hit He still that early impress wore,
the ground. The child was relaxed and having a great time But I could change that form no more.
saying, "Do it again! Do it again!" Someone said…
I thought, If that was me, I 'd be stiff as a board . Let God soften your heart today and make you more like a
"Can you explain why he's so relaxed, even when he's out child. Except ye be converted…
of control?" I asked the father.
"It's very simple," he said. "We have a history together.
We've played this game before, and I've never dropped