United Pursuit – Let It Happen
He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child* is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
In the Kingdom of light, there is a very big difference in becoming “child-like” and being “childish.”
I once sat in prayer on a Sunday afternoon when the Lord showed me a clear vision of this long forgotten memory from when I was maybe 7 or 8 years old. We had a metal swing set in our backyard and I would love to go out there a swing on any time I got the chance to go outside.
On the weekends, while my father was just inside of the balcony doors preparing dinner and my mother cleaning around the house, I would be outside swinging without a care in the world!
I mean, what worries does a 7 year old child have?
I wondered at why the Lord would remind me of this particular moment. Then He spoke and said:
“Just the same way that you trusted in your earthly parents to provide, to take care of your needs, and you swung with all your heart without a care in the world, in this same way, I am asking you to trust in Me now”
Childishness has always had more to do with wrong attitudes in how we address situations, immature behaviors that we carry into adulthood, and wrong or harmful perspectives and beliefs that we continue to hold throughout life that we never challenge or investigate their ends.
But child-likeness has more to do learning to obey and follow with dependency on our Heavenly Father as our Provider, our Protector, and Counsellor, and Friend; the One who lovingly admonishes us, and even disciplines us when necessary.
In fact, whereas we tend to view our family relations as something we are trying to depart from as we get older, as if independence is the mark of maturity, true godly maturity is to actually understand that the family unit was given to us as a spiritual training ground on how to learn to depend upon a good earthly Father – as an example of the sort of dependency we should then move on to have upon our Heavenly Father in adulthood.
However, not everyone has grown up in a environment where they had a good example of a father. This is where Scripture’s example and the Church are intended to shine forth with overwhelming hope! It’s never too late to get to know the love of the Perfect Father who regards you as His child and has made a way for you to return home to Him no matter what your life may have looked like all those years you may have been apart.
That way, is Christ!
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will – to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves. In him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
It’s not too late to get to know Him,
Trust ♔ Jesus!