Big Idea: Jesus invites us to come to Him as a child in simple trust and humble recognition of our need for Him. While our heart is often wounded and trust is broken, we can be healed as we come afresh to Christ in childlike trust.
I. Coming to Christ as a child
A. Coming in humility – We have to humble ourselves. (Matthew 18:4)
B. Receiving the Kingdom as a child
C. Our problem
1. We have our trust broken.
2. There are four possibilities.
II. God’s solution
A. Humble yourself or God will help.
(Matthew 21:5; Matthew 23:12; Luke 14:11, 18:14; Luke 1:48,52; James 4:6,10; I Peter 5:5-6)
B. Come to God like a child.
C. Learn to trust again from children. (Psalm 131:1-3)
D. Rest in your “I can’t” but Christ’s “I did.” (II Corinthians 1:8-10)
E. Spend time with children and let them heal your heart.
1) Can you remember a time as a child when you had complete trust? Will you share your story? What did it feel like to trust without any other complicating emotions?
2) Does the connection between humility and trust seem obvious to you? What is the difference between coming to God in humility and coming to God trusting in Him alone?
3) If you are tempted to trust in something other than God, who or what is that? Looking back over the years of your spiritual life, is there a pattern to trusting in something or someone other than God?
4) Is it hard for you to trust? Which is worse: to not trust trustworthy people, or to extend trust to untrustworthy people?
5) What can a trustworthy person do to earn your trust?
6) Why does God want to teach us that we can’t but He can? Which is the bigger problem: self-reliance or “let go and let God”? Toward which of these extremes do you tend to move? How does that impact you and others?
7) Have you ever observed simple trust in a child? What would it take to get to that kind of trust with God?
8) Do you have regular contact with children? Do you think they could heal your heart in the area of trust? What wounds do you have that need to be healed in order to trust again? Are you willing to do that work? How do you plan to do it? Who can help you?