Matthew 18:3 Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
In a particular Thailand church, there arose a problem with one of the elders. This man went out in rebellion and caused quite a schism in the church. The senior pastor called an emergency elders meeting to see how best to deal with the situation. Two of the elders were accompanied by their young children (a four-year-old girl and a five-year-old boy). Thinking the children wouldn’t be a problem, they were told to go draw quietly and work on their papers in a corner. The children obeyed, and the elders began to discuss the challenge of the wayward leader. In a moment of silence, they became aware of the children chatting in the background and the following conversation was heard.
Girl: That man sounds like the prodigal son. He took everything and went to do what he wants.
Boy: No I think he is more like Jonah – he knows what God wants him to do, and he is trying to run away. I think God will chase him and make him come back!
The elders were stunned – two pre-school children recalling Bible stories and being able to fit them into a present day situation. They said they learned two important facts that day:
1. Never underestimate the spiritual capacity of a child
2. Do not bring children into a private meeting assuming they will not understand what is said!