Stop Being SO MATURE!

5782762338_3ece68e165_oThis week I have been reading in Matthew 18: 1-6…what a powerful challenge to capture childlike faith.

Jesus says, “Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Read it…six verses. “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children…” What does all this mean. How can we be childlike when this speaks against a culture including the church that says we must be MORE MATURE, MORE RESPONSIBLE, MORE SELF RELIANT!

I began to observe the two children in my life. Joel and I were discussing theologically the debate between Calvinism and Armenialism…Joel felt as if…HA. Joel doesn’t have a clue, but he simply loves his family, he needs us fully and depends on us for his food, shelter and love. It’s quite simple. Ask Joel if he loves Jesus and he will simply say, “I love Jesus”. No doubts, no heartfelt debate, just wide eyed wonder and belief.

Levi is a little more developed in his belief in God but he really simply believes God is AWESOME! One evening while eating dinner Levi said to me, “Dad, mom’s a good cook, not as good as God or Jesus, but she is really good.” He also prayed that God would make Ninjago’s REAL when he gets to heaven. Levi simply ask and BELIEVES! When he prays for healing he expects God will do something to heal. I wish my faith were so powerful. A simple…no questions belief! Faith LIKE A Child’s!

Jesus’ challenge is to become like children, not make children into to us…ha! For each person I think a challenge comes from this teaching of Christ. Spend some time praying and asking God what he would have you learn from this teaching. It’s there for a reason!

Lot’s of LOVE,

Kevin

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Beware of Serving Jesus

Beware of serving Jesus. “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve” (Mark 10:45). Own your helplessness. – John Piper and Mark…
I read this on my twitter this afternoon and it really made me think about how we approach our service in the church and the Kingdom of God. I think for many we serve and underneath our motive is the idea that we are ‘paying’ back Jesus for what He did for us on the Cross. John Piper tweets (that was funny just typing it) that we need to own our helplessness. In other words, understand you are helpless in your efforts to become righteous through serving. Only Christ and His service has made us righteous. We serve in the Kingdom out of Love, not duty, not debt.