“Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all” (Luke 18:17).

The obvious qualities of a child are innocence, trust, dependence, and loyalty. There are other implications, however. For example, there is the expectation that a child is going to grow up and mature. Just as any parent would be concerned about the stunted growth of a child, our heavenly Father is no less concerned when any of his children are not showing signs of growth, or worse still, when there is a digression in spiritual health. While doctors recommend an annual physical exam to monitor a patient’s well-being, the Great Physician would have us examine our spiritual health, in the light of God’s word, on a daily basis.

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