A Child-Like Faith

How do we walk in the wonder of a child-like faith? 

Today was a full day of ministry at Mhkaya Church, with morning bible study and an afternoon full of children, laughing, playing and praising. Today very much began on Swazi time – we pulled up to the church on time (can even be a rarity for Americans) and didn’t see anyone for a good, long while. However, slowly and surely people began to trickle in to hear the word of God. And praise God, we saw five people commit or recommit their lives to Jesus Christ. Hallelujah! 

After a pb&j lunch, kids started to trickle in, with nearly 40 children joining us for afternoon games, bible study, singing and praising and a fruit snack. At the end of our time, John offered a prayer where he asked the Lord to give these precious Swazi souls a continued child-like faith, and to not let them grow hard to the Gospel. 

“Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”” – Luke‬ ‭18‬:‭15‬-‭17‬ ‭ESV‬‬

How do we walk in the wonder of a child-like faith? 

Children walk in the full confidence of their father. Children ask LOTS of questions. Children gaze at the world through a lens of awe, and wonder and amazement. 

becoming like a little child means that we maintain the beautiful characteristics and qualities of children that life in this sinful world tends to best out of us. 

Tenderness. Mercy. Grace. Playfulness. Humor. Joy. Gentleness of spirit. Boudless energy. Easy forgiveness. Undying affection and love for those they care for most. 

The children of Eswatini demonstrate these qualities in spades. They’re joyful over an apple. They’re gentle with a new soccer ball, like a prized possession. They’re playful in a game. They’re easy to forgive bad Siswati. They’re affectionate, hugging, blowing kisses cuddling up during a cool evening ride in a van.  

We want to bring this child-like faith home. Share it with you. Let it fill us up, breathe new life into you and into our churches. Pray we continue to walk in the wonder.