We all were children once. Do you remember what it was like to be 5 or 10 or 15 years old? When you were a child, were you in a hurry to grow up and do adult things? Or did you love being a child and only reluctantly grow up into adulthood?
Do you have opportunities to be around children? Do you have children of your own? Do you spend time with other people’s children - teaching, baby-sitting, visiting, playing? Do you like to spend time with children that are not your own? Why or why not?
Do you think that it is useful - as an adult - to remember what it was like to be a child? Is it useful to in some ways be a child still? Or would it simply be childish to act like a child now? Explain your thinking.
Sometimes we describe a fun experience, movie or game as being for the young or for the “young at heart”. What does it mean to you, to be “young at heart.” Do you feel that you are young at heart? Why or why not?
A woman of 40 years old that I know, still feels that she is “growing up.” Yet in some cultures, a boy or girl of 12 is considered an adult. When do you think that a child becomes an adult? Are you still “growing up”?
In your chosen career, do you (or would you) prefer to work with children, adults, both or neither? Please explain your answer
When Jesus was on earth, He had much to say about children. One time, his followers (disciples) were trying to keep the children from getting close to Jesus. But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not stop them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14.
Jesus saw something important in a child that adults could learn from:
“Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it is better for him that a heavy stone be hung around his neck, and that he be drowned in the depth of the sea.” Matthew 18:2-6
Question - Why do we need to become like children so that we can be close to God and enter God’s kingdom?