Living In The Now

“Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the Kingdom of God. Assuredly I say to you, whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” (Lk. 18:16-17)

One thing I remember about my children is that they didn’t seem to have a care in the world, they ran and played and jumped into our arms with a wrecklessness that was almost scary at times. It wasn’t until they grew older and were influenced by what others thought of them, that they began to assume a more reserved posture. I noticed in their younger years that they lived in the moment, in the present tense. Little thought was given to what happened yesterday and even less to what they would be doing tomorrow. What really concerned them most was living in the now, they were “child-like” in their world view.

Letting Go of the Past:

I’m not sure if this is all that Christ was trying to say, but I think it might open the door to some interesting thoughts about our faith. You see, we are always trying to determine for ourselves what it means to follow Christ today, without the baggage of yesterday’s pain, frustrations or failures. We are learning to let go of the past in order to have a complete and total dependence on God - for everything. But we must recognize the incredible influence of love.

Love is the Kingdom Atmosphere:

We have found that the key is always love! Our ability to receive His love, acceptance and forgiveness makes the Kingdom our personal refuge. In fact, as we apply Jesus’ words of faith, we understand that our past is behind us, our future is assured in His Kingdom. No worries, means our trust can be in God alone for today’s substance, today’s assignments and today’s reward.

The Adult Mindset:

 Thinking about who we are in terms of who He is, helps us to negotiate those uncharted issues that overwhelm and make life complicated. When life gets complicated, we worry and our first response is to become “adult”. We move into human reasoning rather than faith in God. What we turn away from is the “child-like” faith that maintains the atmosphere of the Kingdom of God.

  • To enter into the wisdom of God, we must surrender our wisdom for His counsel.
  • To enter into the place where His power is at work in our life, we must surrender our agendas.
  • To enter into the realms of His authority, we need to lay down our will and frustration.

Jesus Nails It Down:

Notice, our challenge is exactly as Jesus communicates it, to receive the Kingdom of God as a little child. Children receive love and provision before they receive discipline and character. We must remind ourselves that entering into the place where God reigns supreme in our hearts, begins with our ability to receive love. We see His wisdom, His power and authority as an intrusion when we find love difficult to receive. Faith works by love (Gal. 5:6).

He is Our Father and we are His Children… experiencing love opens the door to the Kingdom of God!

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