I love the passage of scripture in the Gospel of Matthew when Jesus calls forward a little child to him after he has been asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Jesus relies with, “‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.’”
What I especially love about this passage is when Jesus commands us to be “humble.” This means to be “teachable” and so it makes me think, are we, as adults, being teachable and what are we teaching our children?
By our words, our actions and our motivations are we teaching our children to worry as we do? Do we teach them to doubt the presence of God moving in their lives? Do we teach them that there is little hope for our future and life is constantly a struggle? Did you know that the words “worry” and “anxiety” have their roots in “choking” or “being strangled.” If this is what we are teaching our children by how we live our lives then we must stop, right now, right where we are, and do some major reevaluation of our relationship with God/Spirit.
God is a God of blessing, grace, abundance and possibility. God is a God of hope and our constant companion through life. Children begin their lives without having learned negativity because they are so connected with God by nature. Children understand, on a deep level they probably could not yet verbalize, their oneness with God. Their belief has not yet been clouded with our adult doubts, fears and burdens. It becomes our responsibility to not be “stumbling blocks” to them, as Jesus warns. We must not teach them to “choke off” the flow of God/Spirit, but teach them through our faith and actions the great truth of an abundant life that can be ours if we would just trust in the power of God right where we are.
Jesus asked us to be “humble/teachable” like a child. So stop and allow God to nurture you, to bless you and to anoint you anew today. Stop and allow yourself to be teachable. God will show you the wonders of a new life walking with Spirit.
We all wish to experience “heaven on earth” as we would proclaim in the Lord’s Prayer. (“On earth, as it is in heaven.”) Children are born with this. Let us re-experience it right now, today and always.
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.
Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life. Please join us each Sunday at 5:30 PM in our Social Hall at First Christian Church, North Hollywood, CA for our Contemporary Celebration and Praise service. Come as you are and enjoy an hour of great music from our wonderful band and singers, inspiring messages and good fellowship. Those things in life that you have been seeking have also been seeking you. Now is a good time to receive them. We will lift one another to live exciting, abundant new lives of possibility and purpose.
Also, join me on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 PM for an hour of guided and silent meditation, reflection, affirmation and prayer. As always, we will share communion together. Everyone is welcome.
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