“Blessed are the poor in spirit . . . ” Q&A #6

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Question: Why did Jesus teach that people should become as little children to enter the kingdom of heaven?

Answer: Because children are so naturally teachable and receptive to Truth. Grown-ups sometimes become so sure of what they know, they refuse to learn something new. That attitude
stops spiritual growth!

When the disciples of Jesus wanted to know who was the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, “Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, verily I say unto you,
except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18)

Mrs. Eddy writes: “Jesus loved little children because of their freedom from wrong and their receptiveness of right. While age is halting between two opinions or battling with false beliefs,
youth makes easy and rapid strides towards Truth.” (S&H 236)

“Parents should teach their children at the earliest possible period the truths of health and holiness. Children are more tractable than adults, and learn more readily to love the simple verities that will make them happy and good.” (S&H 236)

Practice: Your childhood is a perfect time to learn about God, and develop faith in Him. Today, open your heart to God, and let Him teach you something new. Open the Bible and let God speak.

(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”  Copyright 2002)

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