When most of us read this or when I have heard it read, we think or explain it that we have to become like children to enter. It is something we do. That is not what the text says. Literally the text says “if you are not turned,” the voice is passive. Being turned is not something we do. We are turned by something acting on us. The implications are significant. Look at passages like 1 Corinthians 1:30, Romans 8:29 – 30, Ephesians 1:3 – 6. To really blow a gasket look at Galatians 1:13 – 17. All of these have God working on us prior to our “choosing” to follow Him.
Then think through the product, “like a little child.” We have three grandchildren ages 3, 1, and 3.5 months. They are all completely dependent on their parents. They cannot survive without aid. They have nothing that is not provided for them. They trust their parents completely. That is how we have “to be turned.”
The question becomes what will it take for God to “turn us.”