Be a child- It’s the only way!
Please read Matthew 18:1-5
1″At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”
and Matthew 19:13-15
13″Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.”
Are you a child? Are you childlike?
This term “childlike” has come to mean something negative many times in our current civilization. But let’s think about what makes a child different from an adult.
1) A child loves but must be taught hate and anger.
2) A child is open minded and does not focus on peripheral things of no consequence. Things like skin color, looks, wealth or sexuality don’t matter to a child.
3) A child is curious and wants to learn and see new things.
4) A child wants to imitate and in fact research shows will imitate their primary care givers (Matthew 18:6-9). Be careful what you show and teach a little one.
I can think of some others and perhaps you can as well but the key here is that no one will see the kingdom of God unless they are like a child. The kingdom of God is within you but you will not see it or get there without, “becoming like little children.”
“Therefore whoever takes a humble place- becoming like this child- is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”
Are you welcoming a child inside you today?
Do you have all the answers and know the law and the ONLY way?
Are there things that put a distance between you and others?
In the end we will all die and that is not at question but in the end how many of us would have ever entered the kingdom of God. The peace that passes understanding is not something for the future it is here and now. Only here and now and only through LOVE!