What Is Childlike Faith?

SERMON NOTES  

Encountering Jesus
Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
Mark 10:13-16 

“What Is Childlike Faith?”

Mark 10:13-16

13 People were bringing little children to Him in order that He might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. 14 But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 15 Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” 16 And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them. 

So what is Jesus talking about when He says we need to become like a child? 

This is often interpreted as “Childlike Faith.” This does not mean “childish” faith that is immature that never grows but a “Childlike Faith” means a vulnerable trust and dependent faith. When one is vulnerable there is a tendency to recognize our dependence on God. 

There are three basic things we hope and trust for when we approach God with a “Childlike” faith. 

1. We hope and trust for Protection and Comfort.

Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) 

2. We hope and trust for Guidance.

Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth, and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; for You I wait all day long. Psalm 25:4-5 (NIV) 

3. We hope and trust for Affirmation and Blessing. 

This in its simplest form is what Christian faith is all about, that we would grab a hold and encounter Jesus, resting on His power. You can trust Him like a child, knowing you are not only protected but you are adored, God is for you and God will lead you through this life.