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Little Children (The Twins Are Here)

April 7, 2015

Greetings,

       “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
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       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.
Love and……
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!
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7 Comments
  1. Once again sorry for the formatting problem with paragraph breaks.

  2. Ken Blake permalink

    Congratulations PopPop. Well at least that is what our grandchildren call me. I know the Lord will give your “grands” a special name for you! More importantly He is preparing a special love in them for you. Actually, it’s already there! May God continue to share this wonderful “heritage from Him”.
    Love in Christ,
    Ken and Carol

  3. Sky permalink

    Yes they are adorable, totally! Love your metaphors today, this is where I have been ruminating lately as well. What it means to come to Him as a child. IT is not just important, it is mandatory! Everything in this life, in this world, in the bible and in this sensory plane…all represents or expresses Jesus Christ. We think we know stuff but until we confess and admit and see in the light that we know nothing….we will continue to replace what’s spiritually real with the counterfeit knowledge. This is the religious spirit working in adam to have a God in his image. To “do” the “work of the Lord”. As children of the light, we now have a seed in us that can grow into Christ but first is a lengthy death even though we are already crucified with Him. Sorry for rambling, just where I am today. Love the baby pics, you look contented.

  4. Janet Fowler permalink

    Good words Christopher, and they are beautiful! They even have an unusual look of calm and wisdom on their little faces. New life…awesome and wonderful!

  5. Ramma permalink

    Congratulations Grandpa! They are so precious! Your reminder of trusting, obeying, and loving as a child is do true. As i watch our grandson interact with children and adults everywhere we go….he doesn’t see or even question color, race, male or female. He has a kindness and love for each one. I’ve also observed him choose to not interact with one who was of an unkind spirit. He was listening to his inner man/voice. We discussing the days before the Holy Ghost was poured out in the upper room. They were instructed to go there and “tarry” (wait, linger in expectation), and they became in “one accord”. What does that mean? That means they became as children. Layed down every difference, doctrine, etc…..and held the ONE thing in common…..JESUS CHRIST. Wow, we make it difficult, but it was top priority in Jesus eyes in order for the Holy Spirit to flow.

  6. Awesome! I have learned much reflecting on my own children and their dependent relatiionship. They are a blessing!

  7. "BK" permalink

    I add my congratulations! I agree with Janet about their serious, wise little looks! I love your reference to ‘pray without ceasing’. When I am with Ken we talk, we are quiet, we laugh, we just ‘be’. As we walk along in touch with Him, recognizing Him, communicating with Him it is a flow of life that is always constant. Love, “BK”

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