And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven - Matthew 18:3
I was talking with my youngest son at the kitchen table one day before school and eventually the conversation came to where I asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up. He looked at me and without any hesitation, stated that he was going to do something related to the video industry. He further defined his dream by saying that he was going to invent a platform better than YouTube. He then preceded to get up to finish getting ready for school. I sat there with emotions ranging from pride to shock. I was proud that he had an ambitious goal, but was also shocked that he would have an ambitious goal. As I thought about this in greater detail, I asked myself, why shouldn't he have a big goal? He can accomplish anything that he wants as long as he has the belief and is willing to put in the work.
I wonder how many of the dreams that we had as children have we abandoned as adults? What were the reasons behind our feeling that we did not have what it took to achieve them? One of the things that I felt contributed to me leaving my childhood dreams and goals behind was the fact that I let the negative influences in the world convince me that I could not achieve the things that I dreamed about as a child.
In the scripture above, Jesus was answered the disciples' question about who was the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. His response was that you had to change. In essence, you had to have an active turning away from sin and the way that you "normally" did things. Jesus went on to say that by possessing the attributes of a child; trust, openness and an eagerness to learn you could enter the kingdom of heaven. These were the qualities that constituted greatness and was the basis of His answer to the disciples. I feel that we men need to adopt those childlike qualities in order to achieve greatness in our relationships with our family and friends along with accomplishing our God given purpose in life. Take a look at children that have been unsullied by the negative attitudes of the world and you will see the enthusiasm and passion needed to accomplish kingdom building goals and change the world.
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Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.