“Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like little children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself like this little child is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” — Matthew 18:3-4 MEV
Children are demanding little beggars. They expect someone will show up and take care of them. They aren’t too proud to ask for help. They cry when they don’t get it. I think that’s kind of what Jesus is going for here …
Maybe he wants us actually to consider God as our Father who is obligated to look out for us. I know in my own journey with him, it wasn’t until in desperation I demanded he show up and fix the mess I’d made that I actually came to know him and experience his love.
Maybe that’s all it takes to enter the kingdom, in the end: the willingness to admit you’re dead unless somebody bigger will reach down and fix things for you.