Thursday, June 30th, 2011
Acting Like Kids, Appropriate Behavior (Part 3)
Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.
Luke 18:17 (NKJV)
'Walking in the truth' (2 John 1:4) is a 'Walk in love' (Ephesians 5:2). Truth and love are natural behaviors of small children, and they are spontaneous in expressing them.
'But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things He did and the children shouting in the temple courts, 'Hosanna to the Son of David,' they were indignant. And Jesus said to them, 'Have you never read, 'Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise?' ' (Matthew 21:15-16).
Little kids are passionate. When they see people they love, they run toward them. They jump in the air expecting eager arms to embrace them. And so they do.
Little kids also have behaviors to learn, like humility.
Kids don't get to vote. Those who are well-raised respect the head of the house, know the rules, endure correction, and celebrate joy. They obey, and the fruit of their obedience is humility; the fruit of humility is wisdom, and the fruit of wisdom is everything worth having!
'Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven' (Matthew 18:4). Humility is God's virtue that whispers victory over pride. When the world screams the opposite, the world is wrong. Humility trumps pride. How?
Humility invites God to take the lead, and God is almighty. Even more, 'The Lord lifts up the humble' (Psalm 147:6) right into the Kingdom of God.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Acting Like Kids series.