I’m getting pretty excited because a week from now, I will be at the one place that I’ve wanted to visit for YEARS, Hogwarts!  You might not know this about me, but I am a huge Harry Potter geek.  I’m a Hufflepuff, and I’ve sorted every member of my family in to their houses and read Harry Potter fan fiction and am so jazzed about the “Magical Creatures and Where to Find Them” movie that is coming out. I am truly like a kid when it comes to all of it (although Tim thinks I’m a little but crazy).  I just can’t wait to walk through Diagon Alley and try butterbeer and take the Hogwarts Express and ride the Gringotts Bank roller coaster.  I might not want to leave.
Dumbledore’s office!  I’m going there!
What do you have a childlike enthusiasm for?  I know a lot of women that love Disney Princesses, men who turn into kids when they watch The Buckeyes.  Sometimes you feel it when you play with a childhood toy like Legos or Hot Wheels.  Sometimes it just takes a mud puddle and that inner child comes out.  Sometimes, it just feels good to leave the troubles of the world behind and eat that big bowl of ice cream or jump into that secret swimming hole.
Childlike Faith is the wonder and awe at what Christ did for us. It is a synergy of trust, hope, and unpretentiousness that knows the Lord loves us and will lead us. Because of our trust in the Lord, we are more able to take comfort in Him. Childlike faith sees the world as exciting and adventurous, and worth pursuing with our faith so opportunities to please God override our complacency and the attitude of “been there, done that,” even though we may have. It is a part of us that we should never lose. It enables us to maintain our humbleness and enthusiasm and not become just a subculture or routine! We are not to act like children towards others, but our faith and example must be authentic (Psalm 131; John 10:1-18; 1 Cor. 1:22-30; James 2:14-19).  Christ said to his disciples “”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.” (Matt. 18:2-4)
Do you have childlike faith?  Do you allow yourself to humbly come to God with the  awe that you did when you first became a believer or are you more of a tired adult with your faith, nothing is new, the excitement was gone long ago?  God wants childlike faith for us, and I pray that you, too can know the joy and wonder that comes from being obedient and praising God, just as a child does a beloved parent.