This post is Day 16 in a series of studies about “Children of God”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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Children of God – Day 16
When we think of our inheritance in Jesus, we know that all that is His is ours. So we inherit the Kingdom of God. But maybe we need to be a bit more childlike to take hold of what is rightfully ours, if we continue to live as His children.
Jesus said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
There is much to learn from the gospels by looking at Jesus’ attitude to children, and much to contemplate as we try to understand more of what being a child of God is about.
When we think of our inheritance in Jesus, we know that all that is His is ours. So we inherit the Kingdom of God. But maybe we need to be a bit more childlike to take hold of what is rightfully ours, if we continue to live as His children. Maybe we need to have a childlike faith, and to trust the Lord as a child would trust a loving father to provide everything they need. Not just what they need but what they would like, special treats from time to time.
A normal child will not accept gifts from a stranger, or think of asking someone he doesn’t know to give him a gift. But he would approach a loving Father to ask for what he or she desires.
Ask yourself today what these verses from Mark’s gospel mean to you. Do you imagine that the Kingdom of Heaven is full of children? Is Jesus telling us that adults can do nothing? Maybe He is telling us to be less analytical, less afraid and more trusting!
Pray for more intimacy with your loving Father, that you may really learn to trust Him with the heart of a child. Pray for the willingness to accept all the good things that He wants to give you.
Praise God that He is your Father, and has so much to give to His loving children. Not just spiritual gifts, but physical ones too.
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