Monday, February 27, 2012
Becoming Like Little Children
Sweet Jesus tells us in Sacred Scripture, "Unless you become like a little child, you shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven." (Matthew 18:3). He does not say this to be mean, but, simply because He Loves us, very much, just as God Loves us, very much!
We are beloved children of God... and God wants us to know that and live our lives with that beautiful Truth reigning. No matter how old we might be, we are still, and always will be God's beloved child, just like we will always be a child of our parents, no matter how old we might be.
God doesn't mean for us to act immature and childish, but, mature in our knowledge that we are God's child and need to rely on Him in all things and in all ways! He also wants us to be child-like, in our nature, trusting in Him completely, just like little children do... and walking beside Him always, not just as our Heavenly Father, but as our very Best Friend, our whole life through! :)
God's Love for us is so incredibly amazing and big, that we really can't even fully comprehend just how much He Loves us... it's a whole lot... that He surely wants us to try and wrap our minds around His Love... to contemplate His great Love for us often, and allow it to truly embrace us and transform us from the inside out, making us more like Him and His beautiful Son, our Lord, and Savior, Jesus Christ in all ways!
Children Love and follow and obey God naturally. They are born into this world doing that without ever having to be told! It's really, really true! And it's our job, mission, even, as parents to keep our children that way by encouraging that amazing Love they have for God, that tender obedience and desire to follow Him and walk beside Him always!
This is what I have been doing with my precious, (almost 23 month old), daughter, Audrey, ever since she was born... and it works beautifully! It's what I plan to continue doing in raising both her and my new, precious daughter, (due to be born near the end of April... very soon! :).
I pray that all people of all ages, will heed to Jesus' message to, "become like little children," as we seek to follow Jesus and God's ways and as we especially seek to one day enter the Kingdom of Heaven to live their with God forevermore!
Jesus Loves us.... and is especially now, more than ever calling us to walk beside him! :)