Whether you’re a child or not, you will always be His child.
Children’s Day, which falls on the first Friday of October in Singapore, is a day to remember our young. We can also adapt this day to celebrate childlike faith and trust in God. According to Science NetLinks, childhood extends into adolescence. Children remain mouldable as convictions are being tested and their identity becomes more defined. This process continues till they hit 21 years of age (see Erik Erikson’s Theory of Psychosocial Development). Responsibility however, kicks in as they reach mid-20s, when the pre-frontal cortex of the brain is more developed (see Health Encyclopedia).
Children tend to have a simple faith in the world and everything around them. Christ called the little children to approach Him freely (see Matthew 19:13-14), and commended their faith as something we should emulate. He also esteemed them as greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven! As Matthew 18:1-6 says:
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
“And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
While the disciples yearned to be great, Kingdom mentality teaches that greatness is found in the small and insignificant. Jesus loves the malleability, teachability and trust that the young have in Him. These qualities are of high value in Christ’s eyes, worth more than power, status and popularity. It was a young boy who freely carried his five loaves and two fish to Jesus to feed over 5,000 people, and he experienced life-changing results just by taking the first step in coming to Him.
The privileges that come with God being our Father is immense. He gives us the right to be His children—to be part of His family and to be welcomed as royalty into His presence (see John 1:12). He calls the peacemakers His children and blesses them (see Matthew 5:9). He will give good gifts in abundance to those who ask him, as a father would provide for his child (see Matthew 7:11).
Some of our labourers share insights of their relationship with our heavenly Father:
Hewbert Chew Tze, NTU Nav labourer:
1 Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.”
God is a Father to me in that He knows me and my needs. He knows the very moments I am tired and need to be lifted up. And as a father knows how to give good gifts to his children, so He gives good gifts to me. One such situation happened earlier this year. I was feeling upset at the lack of fruition of my outreach when a friend whom I prayed for two years informed me that she decided to receive Christ! God is so gracious, reminding me that my labour is not in vain.
Tang Kexin, NTU Nav labourer:
A child’s spirit of openness is something I aspire to develop. As we mature and encounter challenges in life, something in us fundamentally changes and we are no longer the same person we once were. However, a child views the world with an open mind, and though they may not comprehend certain things, they are keen to learn. And so I want to focus on developing a spirit of openness, to delight in the simple process of learning and discovering without becoming jaded.
Let’s answer some questions while reflecting on our relationship with our Father this Children’s Day:
- How is your relationship with your heavenly Father? Speak to Him for seven minutes and let Him respond.
- What do you need to carry to God to trust Him for today?
- What are some qualities in a child that you’d want to intentionally focus on this month?
- What privileges or answered prayers can you thank the Father for this month?
Here are some prayer pointers we can use when praying for young people as we celebrate Children’s Day – http://www.imom.com/10-ways-to-pray-for-your-child/#.W44ZBZMzajg
*Thumbnail image credit: Porapak Apichodilok.