And said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven- Matthew 18:3
Jesus contrasts intellectual pride with child-like simplicity and humility. The simple of heart are like “babes” in the sense that they see purely without pretense and acknowledge their dependence and trust in the one who is greater, wiser, and more trustworthy.
They seek one thing — the “summum bonum” or “greatest good” who is God himself.
Simplicity of heart is wedded with humility, the queen of virtues, because humility inclines the heart towards grace and truth. Just as pride is the root or every sin and evil, so humility is the only soil in which the grace of God can take root.
It alone takes the right attitude before God and allows him as God to do all. God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble (Prov. 3:34, James 4:6). The grace of Christ-like humility inclines us to God and disposes us to receive God’s wisdom. Nothing can give us greater joy than the knowledge that we are God’s beloved and that our names are written in heaven.
Do you seek to be like Jesus Christ in humility and simplicity of heart?