Little Children (The Twins Are Here)
“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child and had him stand among them. And He said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18: 1-4
My heart and mind are still pretty much fixed on my new twin grandchildren born April 6th and pictured above. The top photo is me holding Augustus Michael Bobalik. The bottom photo is Annabelle Jane Bobalik. Last night after returning home from the hospital I was reading the passage quoted above and a couple of things stood out to me.
First Jesus said we all need to change and become like little children or we will NEVER enter the kingdom of heaven. Being childlike is a necessary attribute to enter the kingdom. It is not about how much we know, how much we pray, how much we read, how strong we are, how intelligent we are, how good we worship, or how much we attend “church” services. Those things do not determine whether or not we enter the kingdom.
Becoming like little children is what the Lord requires of us, but what does that mean? I have a few thoughts on that. Childlike faith and trust are part of the answer. I also feel that childlike innocence is important. However, I feel the key to entering the kingdom of God is total and utter, dependence on Jesus for everything. Little children cannot survive on their own. They need someone to take care of their every need. Jesus wants us to be totally and utterly dependent on Him for everything. Just like a little child depends on their parents. So I am saying that we need to completely humble ourselves and depend on Jesus to meet every one of our needs. I do not think there is such a thing as a totally independent follower of Christ. We need to hang on His every word and seek His leading continually. By the way, Jesus also tells us that we NEED one another in the Body Of Christ. So it is total dependence on Jesus and healthy interdependence on one another in the Body.
Bottom line is we need Jesus to lead and guide us through every single aspect of our lives. We need to key in on what He is telling us twenty four hours a day and seven days a week. We need to be in constant communion and communication with Jesus. Pray without ceasing? You betcha! Most people treat Jesus like a girlfriend instead of a Lord. They date and spend time with Him a few hours a week and call/pray with Him several times a week. Jesus wants all of us all of the time. Jesus doesn’t need an appointment to see me, because I am with Him every hour of every day. I depend on Him as a little child depends on his daddy and mommy. It is a simple concept, but difficult to embrace and live. Remember pride comes before destruction. So please humble yourselves in the manner of a child that sits upon the lap of Jesus each and every day.
Kirk Out !
P.s. Aren’t my new grandchildren adorable? They were born via C-section just after 1 pm on Monday April 6th. Augustus was born first and weighed 5 pounds and 15 ounces. Annabelle weighed 5 pounds and 14 ounces. Much love and hearty congratulations to my baby girl Amanda and her husband Alan. They are going to be wonderful parents!