How to come to Jesus like a child

Parenting has given me just a small glimpse into how God feels for us and (maybe) His motivation behind some of His actions or non-actions towards us. Today, I want to share 5 ways we can come to Jesus like a child. 

Jesus loved children. This is clear when children wanted to approach Him and the disciples tried to stop them. 

Luke 18:16 NKJV “But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.”

God wants us to come to Jesus like a child.

How children greet Others 

Have you ever watched a child greet someone they love?

They are so excited and have no inhibition.  They just climb into anyone’s lap, run to greet someone and hug without hesitation. 

Watching children greet others and how kids treat their parents gives us great insight into how we can come to Jesus like a child. 

5 ways we can come to Jesus Like a child

1. Home base

Watching children has taught me a lot. When my children play, they often will come to me for a snuggle and show me some love then go off and play. After a while of playing, they come back for another hug or kiss.  It can sometimes be annoying, but it shows me that I am home base to them.

My 3-year-old likes to check in with me every couple of minutes. He reports on what he is doing, where he is going and how he is feeling.

When he has been crying for a while and his mood changes, he says: I’m happy now. He always makes sure I know what’s up with his life. 

This is how should be us with God. To come to Jesus like a child, we need to treat God like my children treat me.

God needs to be our home base, someone we “check” in with regularly throughout the day. 

Just like my son, who has physical access to me throughout the day, we have access to God all day every day.

Even though we do not see God, His spirit is in us and He is all around us. We have access to Him whenever we need 

The Bible says: 

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

We access God through prayer. The Bible encourages us to pray without ceasing. 

‭‭I Thessalonians‬ ‭5:16-18‬ ‭NKJV‬‬ “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,  in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

2. Seek Comfort 

Not only should God be our home base, but we should go to God for comfort. 

When my kids get sick or hurt they come to mom for comfort. There is something about getting sick that makes us long for our mothers.  Even when my husband is home and he is capable and willing to help them in their pain, they still want Mom.

To come to Jesus like a child means we come to Him when we are hurt and need comfort.

In today’s world, there’s a lot of sickness, pain, fear and the list goes on and on. It would be easy to seek comfort in money, work, drugs,  control and other things. 

But God does not want us to go anywhere else for comfort. He wants us to go to Him. 

Jesus says: 

Matthew‬ ‭11:28-30‬ ‭NKJV‬‬ “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”


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3. Seek help

Just as God wants us to go to Him for comfort, He wants us to seek Him for help. 

When my children need help for anything, they come to me. They come to me when they need something to eat and drink. They come to me when they need help changing clothes, going to bed, brushing their teeth and the list goes on forever.

A child’s constant need for me is one of the things that makes parenthood so tiring. Even though this is one of the things that drives me nuts about being a parent, I would not want my kids going to anyone else for help.

To come to Christ like a child means that we should ALWAYS turn to God when we need any sort of help. The world has lots of advice to offer. The advice the world gives makes sense and is sometimes easy to follow, but God does not want us to follow the world, He wants us to seek Him. 

Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”

‭‭I Corinthians‬ ‭3:18-19‬ ‭NKJV‬‬ “

It’s ok to ask people for advice, but always make sure that your actions are based on what the bible says and not what others think. 

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4. He understands me

My son just started using sentences a few months ago. Before that, he hardly spoke a word. But, just because he did not speak does not mean I didn’t understand him. From birth, I have been able to understand what he wants and when he wants it. 

I know my son and so I can anticipate his needs. Because I understand him, he can trust me and comes to me. 

To come to Jesus like a child means that He understands us even when others might not.

The bible says that God knows us better then we know ourselves. 

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭139:1-4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬ “O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.”

Since God made us and knows us then it only makes sense that we go to Him because he understands us. 

5. Simple trust 

Young Children trust adults. I know that’s a general statement and it’s not always true. But young children don’t ask why adults are in charge, and they simply trust that what we say is true. 

As we become older, we lose our simple trust of others. We ask too many questions and try to find a way around the rules. 

To come to Jesus like a child means that we simply trust Him. God wants us to simply trust that His words are true and that He will guide us to good things. 

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-6‬ ‭NKJV‬‬ “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”

When we follow God, He will direct us. We don’t need to know where we are going or why. 

Final Thoughts

Being a parent is one of the hardest things I have ever done. I sometimes feel tired and unsure. But through loving my kids, I have been able to learn how God wants us to come to Him.

God is the perfect father. He will never leave us or lead us astray and He will always love us.

Next time your child looks to you for help (even if it’s for the millionth time), let it remind you that God wants us to look to Him like our children look to us. 

Never forget that He invites us all to come to Him. 

Will you come? 

In the comments below, share how you come to Jesus like a child.

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