25 At that time Jesus prayed this prayer: “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike.
26 Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way!
Matthew 11:25-26 (NLT)
In the above passage, Jesus tells us the benefits to be like children compared with those who think of themselves as wise and clever. According to Jesus, God hides important things from those who think of themselves as wise and clever and revealed them to those who are childlike. The important things must be very important. What do you think they are?
If they happen to be perverted things like God makes you poor and sick to show us his sufficient grace, I don’t think any one of us will be interested. The reason is because we are not perverts. We do not worship God to seek the opportunity to suffer in sickness and poverty. We Christians are not masochists. The idea that God is a sadist who creates disasters, sicknesses and poverty to show us his sufficient grace is nothing more than a perversion of theology. If you want to learn to be a pervert, learn theology.
When we read the Bible, we have make up our minds that our God is not a sadist. Whenever God gives us a revelation or wants us to do something, his motive is always for our good. The term “good” is in accordance to the definition of the dictionary, not the perversion of theology. Let me give you an illustration on God’s definition of “good”.
2Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
3 John 1:2 (KJV)
This is only one of many other verses in the Bible that shows the true nature of God. The Bible is clear in its message that God is not a pervert. When we receive revelations from God, we are effectively receiving the tools to attain prosperity in every area in our lives. Health and wealth are part of the prosperity in every area in our lives. We don’t need any health and wealth gospel because the Gospel of Jesus Christ provides us with health and wealth as a part of its prosperity package.
The next step is how to receive these revelations. Jesus said we must be childlike and not be arrogant to think of ourselves as wise and clever. Who are the ones that like to think of themselves as wise and clever? I think the answer is very clear, theologians.
Throughout history we can see from Jesus’ time to the Dark Ages and up to today, theologians are the most arrogant, miserable and bitter people on earth. They think they are the only ones who have the right to decide what the Bible says. Anyone who reads the Bible and come out with meanings that are not approved by the theologians will be branded as heretics and be called all sort of names. During the Dark Ages, the theologians even had Inquisitors to kill anyone who dared to defy theology.
Today, the theologians do not have such powers but their arrogance is the same. They will not hesitate to spread lies and slanders on anyone who dares to place the truth of God above the lies of theology. Anyone who dares to obey God instead of theology will be branded with names like “being deluded by the Prosperity Gospel”.
I take advantage of this phenomenon to create my own filter on good churches and ministries. I consider any church or ministry that has not been accused by the theologians for preaching the “Prosperity Gospel” is not worthy of my attention. Most likely they have not been preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a pure and unadulterated form. The truth is, anyone who preaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a pure and unadulterated form will be slandered by the theologians as preaching the “Prosperity Gospel”. This is how I choose churches and ministries.
Enough on the theologians. Let us move on to childlikeness. How to be childlike? I happen to know the answer because I have a 4 year old boy at home. Through him, I have learned a lot of the term “childlike” and I would like to share them with you.
Living by full faith.
My son lives by faith every moment of his life. In his view, his father is infinitely rich and powerful. When he is hungry he asks for food. When he wants a toy, he asks for it. Whatever he wants he always asks for it. He does not know the meaning of recession. Neither can he comprehend the idea that sometimes his father wants him to suffer hunger in order to experience some sufficient grace. Thank God for that.
My son lives his life with full confidence that he can always ask for anything he wants. There is always food when he is hungry. There is always water when he is thirsty. There are always toys for him to play.
Living in joy.
I name my son Isaac, which means laughter. He lives up to his name. He is a happy boy. It seems that even simple things can bring him joy.
I bought him a small ball and he enjoys rolling it down the slides. When I played Age Of Empires, he wanted to play as well. So I let him move the characters there. He enjoys building houses, windmills, towers, farms and castles. He had a great time. Bringing him out is such a joy for my wife and I because he knows how to express joy on things we take for granted.
This is how God wants us to live. He wants us to enjoy every moment of our lives on earth.
Living In Simplicity.
My son has never asked me what is my will for him. He never asked me what toys he should be playing on any day. He plays what he wants to play. That makes him happy. When he is happy, I am happy. This is the will of God The Father for all of us, his children.
What is the will of God for you? The answer is what makes you happy? If drinking coffee makes you happy, then it is the will of God for you to drink coffee. When you are happy, He is happy. Can you come up with a revelation more simple than that?
In conclusion, God wants us to be childlike. He wants us to trust in him, believe in his faithfulness to bless us and to deliver us from every trouble we face. He wants us to live each day with joy in our hearts. Do you intend to obey?