Helping People Connect with God

Lent Devotional IX: Like A Child

People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” – LUKE 18:15-17

Sometimes we try to act so grown up!

We convince ourselves that whatever trial we face, we can determine its outcome. Why shouldn’t we. Culture, media, television; they have taught us that we are I charge of our own life. They have taught us that no matter what comes our way, we can have courage to determine and shape the outcome of our circumstances. We have the power of self-determination.

Jesus warns his followers that such a belief is flawed.  We can certainly determine our reaction to life, but we are not in control of it. In Luke 18, the disciples chastise parents and children for approaching Jesus. In 1st Century Judea, Children were considered next to worthless. But Jesus identifies them as the greatest in the Kingdom of God. Why? Because they approach God without the pride of adult self-determination. Children do not ask for reasons to believe in God’s provision, or God’s love; they merely accept. They approach God with a keen understanding that no matter what happens, God is in control. Children acutely recognize that they are not masters of their own destiny, but hole dependent on God for safety, peace, and satisfaction.

We need to be stop acting grown up. We are no more masters of our own destiny than a tin can. We can shape certain aspects of our lives, but we are completely helpless to alter the major circumstances that rob of us of freedom, happiness, and comfort. For this we must rely on God, like a child, to see our way through.