Saturday, August 27, 2011

"HUMILITY - AS A LITTLE CHILD"


Good Evening to All!

And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them. (16) But Jesus called them unto him and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. (17) Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in nowise enter therein.
(Luke 18:15-17 KJV)

We should keep this passage in mind at all times. In this passage, Jesus used the thoughtlessness of his disciples to make two points. One, that we are all important to God from the youngest to the oldest, and two, that we need to trust Him just like a child would trust their parent.

I also feel that another point He was wanting to make was that a child believes with no reservations. We are to come to God just like that. Our belief in Him, our faith in Him should be non-wavering. Our trust in Him should be pure. We should come to Him with no reservations in our heart, knowing that what He says, He will do, and He always knows what is best for us.

Without this frame of mind, or attitude we will not be able to enter into His kingdom.

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who then is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" (2) The Jesus called a little child to Him , set him in the midst of them, (3) and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. (4) Therefore, whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
(Matthew 18:1-4 NKJV)

In several of the versions which I read, the reference said of "little children, "simple and elemental. While that may be true to some extent, I think He was going beyond that. A child's love is unconditional. A child believes what he is told. What's more, a child does not have to "see to believe".

As we get older, we tend to lose that quality somewhat. We love one another, but not unconditionally. Believe me. After a while, if the wife or husband doesn't show the other one love or affection, they will not stay together. That is conditional. We as adults tend to believe what we see for the most part. I do believe in my God, but for the most part, "I'll believe it when I see it". That cynical attitude comes from lots of disappointments from humans. My God has NEVER disappointed me. I tell my husband that quite a bit, because he is always telling me he'll do something, then it doesn't come to pass. Therefore rather than be disappointed time and again, I have adopted the attitude "Seeing is believing" when it comes to the human race.

I am so glad my Lord isn't that way. I can ALWAYS count on Him to be there for me no matter what.

I feel that God wants us to be like children in the way of our love, trust, faith and wonder of Him. He wants us to have that fresh love for His Spirit and wonder for Him all of the time.

If we cannot do this for the short time we are on this earth, how do we expect to do it for an eternity? We won't. Therefore we won't be able to enter.

I want to make a challenge to you. When you go to church tomorrow, or even if you don't go to church, I challenge you to refresh your love for His Spirit within you . I am afraid after going to church for a while, going through the motions of the "program" the music and so on, we tend to get in a "rut". We all need to stand up and look to the heavens with ALL of our hearts and praise Him. Renew the love we felt when we first received Him into our spirits. Become like little children again in His eyes.

Good Night to All and May God Bless!

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2 comments:

Angela said...

Hi PJ,

Whenever I come across this passage of scripture I think of my grandchildren who are so sweet and trusting that I never want to disappoint them. I think it's the same with God. If we would be sweet and trusting with Him, He'll never disappoint us either.

bluecottonmemory said...

I remember after I married, telling God I wanted to love Him (God) like I did when I was a child. It has been a journey back to that kind of full-hearted, arms-wide-open love - but I am getting there. What a soul-nutritional post PJ. (BTW - my son just completed his first week of basic training. Thanks for much for all your prayers and encouragement:)

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