Wednesday Night Live – extended (1/9)

Wednesday Night Live H20 LogoWe kicked off a new series tonight at Wednesday Night Live. For the next four weeks we will be exploring four of the most confusing statements that Jesus said while here on earth. Tonight was His statement from Matthew 18, wherein Jesus states,

“… unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”

From this passage we have heard for countless years about the faith of a child. Not a bad translation, but it has become a bit of a cliche, much like the expression “Child at heart.” So tonight we took time to discuss what exactly it means to become like little children (we’ll get to what exactly the Kingdom of Heaven is in March).

Many of our students were able to define pretty much what it means to become like a little child. We had them pair up and list the good qualities that Jesus might be searching for based off of the passage. We took time to look at what children were like back in first-century Israel (no rights, on the same level as women – which meant that they were not treated with any respect or even acknowledged much of the time), and sought out what it means for us today to become like children. Here is a sampling of what was presented tonight.

  • Trust God – He has no secret agendas. Much like a child trusts their parents completely, we should trust God in the same way.
  • Love unconditionally – many children love others without reservation or strings attached. We need to do the same.
  • Don’t be afraid to try new things that God asks of you – Don’t hold back in fear from what God is asking of you. Even though you may not think it is great or even good, trust God that it is good for you (making sure that it is God’s call is another story which we will get into later down the road).
  • Find joy in the beauty of Creation that God has placed you in – much like a child can find joy in rocks, look for the joy wherever you are. Even if you do not appreciate where you are at.
  • Believe that God can (and does) do everything – Trust, no matter what.’Nuff said.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask for help – Children know that they cannot do things on their own. Acknowledge that you are not able to do everything by yourself and ask for support and assistance frequently.

This is a partial list, there were many more items that were discussed. But at the end of the evening, our group seemed to really apprehend what the topic was about tonight. At the end of the night I opened up two bags of children’s toys (jacks and stretchable worms) and asked that each one of our students take one with them to serve as a reminder if what they learned tonight.

That was tonight. Next week we move onto another phrase/expression/passage from Jesus that was (and still is) difficult to comprehend…