I am Not Going to Grow Up!

Jesus reminds his disciples that “whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.”

In the scene, children are flocking to Jesus.  His disciples sternly shoo them away; trying to do Jesus a favor.  Even Jesus disciples are guilty of deciding for him who deserves to receive what degree of love and care from the Christ.  Seeing what was happening, Jesus became indignant and spoke imperatively saying, ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them.  Then he turns their understanding upside down when he makes children model citizens in the kingdom of God saying, “such as these that the kingdom of God belongs“; suggesting all should be as a child.  He sets a condition to this conversion saying, “Unless we receive the kingdom of God like children we will never enter it.”  He underscores his point by taking the children, who his disciples were preventing earlier from approaching him and “laid hands on them and blessed them“.

The text reminds me disciples both then and now; need to be told again and again this simple, but profound truth.  At our core, none of us are no more than a child of God; called to embrace the blessings of receiving the gifts God offers to us through all circumstances and persons.  Assuming the position of the child puts us in the best posture to receive.  A child’s best quality is they are good receivers.  Children do not think like grownups in terms of earning or deserving.  They live unapologetically with open hands.  It seems the older they get, the bigger their open hands grow.  If adults act like this, we call them sluggards, or worse.  Jesus says all of us, young and old, are to be like children in the way we receive.  The reason Jesus affirms we are to receive like children is they model the way God loves the world.  God offers love and we are to simply receive.

Back to my childish ways!

Published in: on June 24, 2011 at 7:13 am  Leave a Comment  

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