November 25, 2015
BE AS A CHILD
READ: Matthew 18:1-5
...Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Because we are so different from children, we are unable to enter the kingdom. Salvation is not the only thing that requires a childlike attitude. Childlikeness is required to be able to enter every other department of the kingdom of God. A child is ready to learn something new. A child believes that he doesn't know everything. Children believe almost every fairy tale. But you believe almost nothing.
I have had to be childlike to improve my preaching. Initially, I adopted a common-sense approach in my preaching because the person I understudied was a rational, common-sense teacher. With time, I realized that my people were more open to stirring, rousing and exciting preaching. I decided to learn how to do that from those who were good in that area.
Childlikeness in the ministry will enable you to learn from anyone including people below you and people you don't respect. You will never look down on another man of God; you will know that there is something to learn from everyone. I have no problem learning from my own students and sons in the ministry.
Most of us are kept out of new dimensions of ministry because of our haughtiness, egotism, superiority, pride, overconfidence, condescension and self-importance. This is the highest kind of deception and it keeps us away from entering into newer and higher dimensions of ministry.