Monday, September 26, 2011

Learning From the Best~

For an answer Jesus called over a child, whom he stood in the middle of the room, and said, “I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom. Matthew 18:1-5, The Message

Yesterday, in our church nursery, I overheard a conversation that made me smile.

“Honey,” a young lady addressed a small girl about three years old, “When is your little baby sister’s birthday?”

“Ummmmmm,” this precious little girl said as she placed her finger on her chin, clearly in deep thought, “I think it’s on the day she was born.”

“Well, yes, but do you know what DAY her birthday is?” the lady inquired again.

“Yes! I’m sure her birthday is on the day she was born. That’s when birthdays are!”

Awww….now you are smiling, too, aren’t you?

Children. So simple. So real. No pretenses. No putting on airs. What you see is what you get. No wonder Jesus drew the lofty, haughty eyes of his disciples down a few notches by focusing their attention on that of a small child.

For the past twenty years, I have been blessed to have learned from the best: children. As a teacher and now as a Director of Children’s Ministries, my life has been shaped and my faith deepened by the innocence, the faith and the honesty of these precious little ones.

While the disciples were worrying about who was the greatest in God’s Kingdom, the children were enjoying the company of the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.

Jesus laughing Children Pictures, Images and Photos
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They weren’t thinking about anything or anyone; they were simply enjoying spending time with Jesus. No hidden agendas. No “what’s in it for me” thoughts. Just Jesus!

If we are to draw close to our Lord, we must become like a child.

If we are to grow deep in our faith we must model their child-like faith and take God at His Word.

If we are to deepen the level of intimacy with our God, we must NEVER allow guilt, pride, selfish ambition or anything or anyone else to keep us at arm’s length from our Abba Father.

Like children, we need to run with abandon, straight into the arms of our loving Father. We need to climb up on his lap, welcome his embrace, and simply enjoy His company.

Heavenly Father, What a precious gift you have given us in children. I love seeing the world through their small eyes of wonder. Most of all, Lord, I love seeing You through their eyes. I want what they have! Take away all pride, all self-reliance, all envy, all jealousy. Take away everything that keeps me from knowing, loving and pleasing you. Give me a child’s heart, a heart full of your Spirit, a heart full of YOU. In Jesus’ name, Amen~


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7 comments:

  1. Hi Stacy - beautiful. We need to be like children, be in the present and enjoy our Lord and Saviour.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  2. What a great illustration! (And, yes, I did smile!) I read these very verses last week during a Bible study but was so focused on the disciples that I never considered what the children were doing. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Oh I love this! Such a great reminder!

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  4. What a delightful post and sketch! God bless you in your continued time serving children and learning from Him as you do. Thanks for your comment (last week?) on my site. I'm sorry it's taken me so long to return the call. Grace and peace to you in Jesus.

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  5. I worked with children for 30 years and so loved it. Smart little 3 year old. They are a precious gift. Your prayer is beautiful.

    Blessings,
    Pamela

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  6. Thank you for sharing. Have a great week.

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  7. Such a sweet story. We do need to come running to Jesus like a child. Maybe in heaven that means we will all be super young again ;)

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