In some cultures, children are set aside and not valued because they are young and people feel that they don't have anything real to contribute to conversation. How wrong they are- children not only contribute so much to our lives and our happiness, but they are named by the Lord himself as what he is looking for to enter His Kingdom.
This verse is amazing because of this in how God tells us that in order to be in His favor, we actually need to be like children.
What about children makes them recognized this way?.... They are not only humble, but willing to forgive, show love, be kind, help others, are compassionate, innocent, pure, and they don't have a boastful attitude. What an incredible example we find when we look at all of these admirable parts of their character. When we start to grow up, the world has this idea that we need to give up our sweetness and our innocence and turn hard or have a "me first" attitude to fit into the world. But why does that have to happen? It is certainly possible to mature while keeping all of the genuine qualities God so admires in children, who also- perhaps most importantly- have soft hearts.
This verse is something I have heard about and read often growing up, but I guess only now that I am around young children so much has it sunken in more than ever.
May we have a heart and character like that of a child, the kind God so loves.
Have a wonderful weekend!!