The way to maturity is to become like kids

Jesus joyJesus says plainly: Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven — Matt. 18:3 NIV.

US researcher Robert Provine has found that kids laugh 300 times a day. It sounds to me like Jesus wants us to have more joy (I confess I myself am overly serious).

What’s surprising is that 1 Peter 2:2 exhorts Christians to “grow up” in their salvation. So it’s clear that Christian maturity involves becoming like children: they don’t harbor grudges, they love freely, they laugh.

10 responses to “The way to maturity is to become like kids

  1. The Gospel of Barney

    Glad to know my second childhood is not wasted!

  2. I also have struggled to regain a care-free, childlike joy as I’ve gotten older.

    In my experience, the struggle is usually a result of forgetting to trust that Jesus really does love me and is working all of life’s circumstances according to His perfect plan.

  3. Me too. And I need to enjoy the silliness of my kids more. I know there’s a time and a place for everything. But come on, James! Live a little.

  4. Very, very true. I tend to get distracted and pulled down by the “reality” around me, forgetting that in Christ I’m not just natural, I’m supernatural!

  5. Wonderful and true! Thanks so much for all your posts … This one especially.

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