"Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Luke 18:16-17
I love to listen to my daughter talk about Jesus. You would think to hear her that He was walking along side of her, holding her hand and smiling as she shares her little girl secrets. She got angry one day because it was cloudy and Jesus couldn't see her from heaven when there were clouds in the sky. She knows that when she prays that Jesus is giving her his full attention. He is so real to her that he is her best friend.
My daughter embodies the above verses. Jesus is her hero. Her best friend. Her protector. Her secret keeper. There is nothing he can't do and she knows that he loves her.
When did we decide it was silly to love Jesus like that as adults?
There is a song that I have been listening to over and over. It is reminding me of who Jesus was.
He was a man whose heart broke every time he looked at someone trapped in their choices, their situations, their pain... their hopelessness.
He was a man whose joy couldn't be measured as he looked at each person he freed from their traps and chains. Who saw him. Truly saw him.
He was a man who loved. He loved his friends. He loved his followers. He loved the blind man crying out in desperation, the widow with nothing but her faith in God and one little coin, sick children, outcasts and the weak.
Did he love? Oh how he loved!!
He was a man whose anger burned white-hot against those who dared to mock and defile his Father's house.
He was a man whose laughter rang as he spent time with friends.
He was a man whose strength we will never comprehend as he said yes to what no man could.
He was everything. He is everything.
My prayer for you is what I have prayed for myself. That we would come to know this man who is more than we will ever understand. That we would look at this man as a child might. Nothing qualified. No trying to rationalize things. Nothing politically correct or explained down to terms that make us more comfortable with who he is.
I pray that He would be our Super Hero. Our Best Friend. Our Secret Keeper. Our Savior.
And that we would never stop being amazed and awed at the true beauty of Him.
That is my prayer.
"Who, being in very nature God,did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,but made himself nothing,taking the very nature of a servant,being made in human likeness.And being found in appearance as a man,he humbled himselfand became obedient to death—even death on a cross!Therefore God exalted him to the highest placeand gave him the name that is above every name,that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,in heaven and on earth and under the earth,and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,to the glory of God the Father."Philippians 2:6-11