Tuesday, June 28th, 2011
Acting Like Kids, The Issues (Part 1)
Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.'
Matthew 18:2-4 (NKJV)
Most kids today want to grow up quickly, and some work diligently, even cunningly, to rise in the world's value system. They become upwardly mobile professionals in powerful occupations.
Many kids fall off the ladder of success and settle for a lifetime of supporting roles. Supporting roles depend on the leader, and following the wrong leader can land them into ruts as dareless dreamers.
Kids who are abused, bullied, or neglected may never experience childhood at all. They often grow from crying infants into shy-sharp adults where hope is a four-letter word.
Christian kids have an initial advantage. Yet, they face choices and temptations on the road to maturity. If their hearts don't choose Him completely, they can harden into stone and become split by the world.
Increasing numbers of kids see our culture as a dirty lie, which is true enough. They grow into a legion of loners, prodigals, and dropouts. Yet without Jesus, they are rebels without a cause.
So how do our decked-out leaders, bleary-eyed workers, fence-sitting Christians, fearful introverts, blatant bullies, proud prodigals, and lawless gamblers get to Heaven?
'Jesus answered and said to him, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.' (John 3:3).
We can't even see Heaven, much less get there, until we press His reset button; 'Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new' (2 Corinthians 5:17).
We have to begin acting like kids again.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Acting Like Kids series.