March 2, 2019
Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God like a child will not enter it. (Mark 10:13-16)
We live our formative years with everyone telling us to grow up and act our age. Today Jesus tells us to be like a child.
There could be several reasons Jesus is pointing us in that direction: Children are so accepting and open. Children are quick to forgive and forget. Children are blank slates upon which to write new life experiences.
The beauty of Scripture is that it is timeless. It contained valuable life lessons for those who read it one thousand years ago; and it is just as pertinent to us today.
Today’s world can be pretty heavy. There is uncertainty. There is pain and suffering. There is doubt. Our faith life is compromised as we overthink what it is we are called to do and who we are called to be.
Thus, Jesus reminds us to be like little children. Experience your life, particularly your faith, through the eyes of a child. Find the joy in the Gospel message once again. Get excited about your relationship with Jesus. Embrace all that our life in Jesus Christ can offer us.
Picture a classroom of kindergarteners. The teacher is standing in the middle of them and they are listening intently. She tells them they are going to go outside and play a new game. Picture their excitement and joy. Some will clap. Others will dance with excitement. A few will stand perfectly still with huge smiles on their faces, pure joy making them unable to speak or move. They cannot wait to hear what the teacher has to say next and hear what she has planned for them.
Now, instead of the teacher, put Jesus in that picture. Replace the kindergartners with you and me. Jesus stands in our midst, sharing the Gospel message. We are jumping up and down, and clapping, and can hardly wait to hear what He has to say next.
This is what Jesus wants from us. That is how He wants us to accept the Kingdom of God.