Become Like Children
Matthew 18:2 “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.” Over the last week or so, I haven’t been able to sleep well, and this morning as I reflected on why, I couldn’t help but notice that some interesting developments in our portfolio have got me particularly excited lately. I asked God where to head in scripture today and he pointed me to Matthew 18. Jesus tells us that we must become like children. But what characteristics about children are we to emulate? Children are innocent, affectionate, and loving, but they can also be impatient, impolite and downright selfish. My thoughts turned to our boys’ current obsession with earning in-app purchases for Brawlstars. I’m loving the excitement and anticipation they feel at the prospect of earning, but I’m also watching their reaction to see if they’re ready for more. In the same way, I feel like my Heavenly Father loves the excitement that I’m feeling, and wants to bless with so much more. But I also want to show Him that I’m mature enough to handle whatever He has in store. Counterintuitively, showing maturity in the Kingdom requires being child-like. And the prevailing characteristic of a child is dependence. Children know they need their parents. Lord I declare my dependence on you this morning. With exciting developments around the corner, sometimes my natural tendency is to believe more in my independence. I sometimes let the deal infringe on the space I’ve set aside for you and start to believe that results are of my own efforts or ability. But today I cut those habits and those beliefs from my heart and mind. I am wholly dependent on you and you alone. In Jesus’ name, Amen.