Make a Way for the One: Week 4 - Day 1

Opening Prayer

Lord, please open my heart to receive the word you would have me hear today.

Read: Luke 18:15-17 (NIV)

“People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’”

Reflect:

Have you ever tried to see the world through the eyes of a child? Children, for the most part, have the ability to trust whatever they are told is the truth. For them, there is no "trust but verify", it is simply "trust by faith". As we continue in our life journeys toward adulthood, we encounter many who take advantage of innocence, who prey on naivety, and who will burn the ability to trust first out of even the most grace-filled souls. So, having been forced to develop thick skin as an adult, how is it possible to "receive the kingdom of God like a little child" (Luke 18:17)? I think that the key is that we have to recognize that God truly is in control, regardless of the way we may perceive things that happen around us. Then we need to truly believe that his intentions for us are eternally good. Once we believe in his goodness, then we can relearn how to trust completely.

Apply:

Develop the practice of trying to imagine the immensity of God’s grace. Look at his gift of forgiveness with eyes of wonder, much as a child sees something that appears to be magical. When you are truly in the zone of this wonderful vision, others will see that magic in you and desire to know the source of your joy.

Closing Prayer:

Father, thank you for this reminder. Help me to radiate simple joy, like a child, so that others may see you in me.

 

Terry Schneider