Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them. Mark 10:15-16 (NIV)
Childhood is a wondrous time of life. Young children are naturally curious and accepting. They do not worry about tomorrow. Their pure hearts have not learned to see life through eyes of skepticism or cynicism. They can trust and yet not fully comprehend. A child inherently trusts the words of one who loves and protects them and would not consider they are being lied to. It is an innocent time of life that we usually long for again as we grow older.
This is the trusting heart of faith that Jesus is speaking of in Mark 10. He asks us to trust that His death is enough to cover our sin. He asks us to walk in a new way of life by the power of His Spirit that lives in those that receive Him. He asks us to know that one day we will be raised as He was raised from the dead that first Easter. Jesus calls us to receive Him in faith. He made the way so we can believe with a trusting heart of a child and see life with a newness again.
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. John 1:12-13 (NIV)