This Month’s Theme:

A Childlike Yet Maturing Faith

And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 18:3-4

13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.

Hebrews 5:13-14

Father and children building treehouse together
Father and children building treehouse together


Reflecting on Matthew 18:3-4 and Hebrews 5:13-14, I see a beautiful tension between childlike faith and spiritual maturity. Even as the Bible urges me to grow in understanding, I’m reminded to approach God with a simple trust like that of a child.

To grow in understanding of God and His Word, I need to regularly read and reflect on the Bible, pray for wisdom, live out God’s truth in daily life, be planted in a community, and seek to deepen my relationship with God through obedience and trust. Approaching God with childlike trust means believing His promises, relying on Him for everything I need, and embracing His love like a child embraces the care of a loving parent.

Balancing spiritual growth and childlike trust is a lifelong journey, yet I know God walks with me, and as I stay close to Him, He will guide me to discover more and more of His love and faithfulness.

– Nessie Gunardi

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It might be bewildering to imagine what it looks like to “become like little children” in God’s eyes when we’ve been continually told to “grow up” and become independent and self-sufficient. 

But this childlikeness is mainly about the posture of our hearts towards God—Do we yearn to be around Him and speak to Him in the same way kids speak to their dads, freely and affectionately? Do we humbly trust our Father in the same way that children trustingly look to their fathers to provide their needs? 

God never wants us to “outgrow” our dependence on Him and love for Him, yet He also desires for us to keep growing in our understanding of Him—His character, His truths, commands, and promises so that we can see more of His goodness and appreciate the depths of His love for us. 


  • What’s keeping you from being childlike in the way you trust God? What’s making it hard for you to mature spiritually? Why not start by bringing all of your struggles to Him, and humbly ask for wisdom and a heart of obedience.
  • Topics to explore: 
    • Why it’s good to ask questions and what makes us afraid/reluctant to ask
    • How can we learn to trust without being naive
    • X habits that help us learn to be brave and not avoid difficulty
    • X ways to help us face difficult Bible passages head on
    • X questions to ask ourselves to help us gauge our spiritual growth
    • How to not become complacent in our faith journey

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