This morning I woke up with a killer headache and backache Wouldn’t it be fun to be a child again with no aches, pains or worries? That train of thought made this verse super meaningful today. Jesus tells us He wants us to be like children, in our own mind.
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.” Matthew 18: 3-4
Three verbs that stick out here are “change”, “become” and “take.” We change, we become, we take. We get to choose. When we do so, we are revealing who we follow. If we follow the world, we might have the mantra, “Exalt yourselves so you look great.” But our value system is different when we follow Jesus. If we follow Him, we happily, humbly, like a child, follow Him.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 1 Peter 5:6
The image comes to mind of a child lifting his arms to his parent to be lifted up and carried. That child loves and trusts his father as his authority. That is how beautiful of a relationship we can have with Jesus! He will pick us up and carry us when needed. He knows all of our needs and will supply us. He listens well, cares deeply about our souls and our eternity. There is great peace in humbling ourselves. And who doesn’t need more peace?:)
You are a good Father. We are so happy to be Your children. Thank You for making a way that we could live with You in our “forever home” of Heaven. Thank You for Your Word that comforts us, when like a child we feel afraid or uncertain. Like a child, lift us up under Your authority. Protect us from things that are no good to us. Please take our hands and guide us to where we need to go and what we need to do for You. We love You! Amen.
GROWwork- Questions to consider…
What are some things that God does for us that are similar to what our earthly parents do? What are the things that He can do for us that no one else can? As God’s child, what character traits of His do you want to take on?
Love and prayers to You all. Have a great weekend!