Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Child-like Faith

I received this from Pastor Bill - Christian Cyber Ministries. January 26 2011.  Thought it was worth reading.

Scripture: Mark 10:15
"These children are at the very center of life in the kingdom. Mark this: Unless you accept God's kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you'll never get in." MSG

The following is said to be from an 8 year old boy who was completing a third grade homework assignment in a Christian School. The assignment: "Explain God"

The boy began, "One of God's main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die, so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth. He doesn't make grownups, just babies. I think because they are smaller and easier to make. That way he doesn't have to take up his valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that to Moms and Dads."

He followed up: "God's second most important job is listening to prayers. An awful lot of this goes on, since some people, like preachers and things, pray at times besides bedtime. God doesn't have time to listen to the radio or TV because of this. Because he hears everything, there must be a terrible lot of noise in his ears, unless he has thought of a way to turn it off."
The boy continued: "God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere which keeps Him pretty busy. So you shouldn't go wasting his time by going over your Mom and Dad's head asking for something they said you couldn't have."

He also added: "Atheists are people who don't believe in God. I don't think there are any in town --- at least there aren't any who come to our church."

The boy speaking about Jesus: "Jesus is God's Son. He used to do all the hard work like walking on water and performing miracles and trying to teach the people who didn't want to learn about God. They finally got tired of him preaching to them and they crucified him. But he was good and kind, like his father, and he told his father that they didn't know what they were doing and to forgive them and God said O.K."

About church the boy commented: "You should always go to church on Sunday because it makes God happy, and if there's anybody you want to make happy, it's God. Don't skip church or do something you think will be more fun like going to the beach. This is wrong and besides the sun doesn't come out at the beach until noon anyway."

He followed with this Atheist analysis: "If you don't believe in God, besides being an atheist, you will be very lonely --- because your parents can't go everywhere with you, like to camp, but God can. It is good to know He's around when you're scared, in the dark or when you can't swim."

As a wrap the boy continued, "But you shouldn't just always think of what God can do for you. I figure God put me here and he can take me back anytime he pleases. So I better get to work telling everyone about him so they don't miss out. And that's who God is and why I believe in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit."

Prayer: Father thank you for child like faith no matter how old I am. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!