For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
John the Baptist is preaching in today's scripture. I think I was one of 'these stones' before I became a committed Christian--sitting proudly on the river bank watching my own life, until God broke me into small enough pieces to roll into the water and live it.
Jesus tells us we 'must become as little children' (Matthew 18:3) to enter the Kingdom of God. Joy reigns in that Kingdom--joy that is unsinkable, unbreakable, and unstoppable, joy that defies death, because Kingdom joy is built on Jesus.
Since we want into that Kingdom, we must begin acting like kids, especially little kids. How?
We must be kind to every poor, odd, and lonely person God puts in our path, because 'there is no partiality with God' (Romans 2:11). Raised without the brain-freeze of bigotry, kids make no judgments about people based on income, appearance, or eccentricity.
Instead, they look with spiritual eyes. They know instinctively that 'the lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light' (Matthew 6:22). The world has not dimmed or distorted the vision of an innocent child.
Jesus said if we love and receive those whom the world disregards, then we love and receive Him (see Matthew 25:40). 'But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God' (John 1:12).
Receiving Jesus is like receiving the fountain of youth. We become young like children. Ironically, the appearance of youth is desperately sought by the rich, but the realization of youth is freely given by the King.
Ah, to be a child again.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Acting Like Kids series.