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I have heard from Jesus to be like a child. I also hear Him challenge me to grow up. Which is it? Be a child or grow up?

Well, I think it is yes / and Yes. I need to have the faith of a child and I need to grow up. It isn’t either / or. I need to live generously and not focus on myself (like children can). I need to live the way God lives toward us.

God’s goal for me is to mature and not stay a child. I started out as a child but I shouldn’t stay that way.

In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you. 

Source: Matthew 5:48