“I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” – Mark 10:15
I was struck by this verse today (part of my advent readings) and was reminded of how it is only when we realize our helplessness and our need to rely on God that we can accept God’s gift of abundant grace, knowing that it cannot be achieved through human effort, no matter how great.
I pondered what it meant to have the mindset of a little child and to see our own helplessness, and C.S. Lewis writes it with better clarity than I could. On discovering the fact of our bankruptcy, he writes: “The state in which we despair of doing anything for ourselves and leave it to God … recognizing that all we have done and can do is nothing.” Of course, in receiving the gift of God’s kingdom, to hand everything over to Christ is to obey Him and to be like Christ, motivated not “as a reward for your actions, but inevitably wanting to act in a certain way because a first faint gleam of Heaven is already inside you”.
It is something that I have to continually work on (a result of my pride), but may we ever be reminded of our nothingness, to be humbled every single day by God’s gift, and in turn to proclaim God’s glory. We exist not to call attention to ourselves, but to God (see 1 Peter 2:9, http://www.desiringgod.org/labs/why-you-exist-in-the-world)