And he said: "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3
What in the world could the Lord possibly be talking about?! I mean seriously, how do we reenter our motherís womb and become like little children again? Truly I believe this is a hard teaching. Others mentioned there are hard teachings in his word though, listen. John 6:53-60 Jesus said to them, ďVery truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.Ē He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum. On hearing it, many of his disciples said, ďThis is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?Ē
Now I am quite certain at this point people put their finger to their head in a circular fashion and were like yeeeeaaah, as they backed up slowly and walked away. I mean come on, heís talking about eating his body and his blood! Vampire cannabolism much?! Or is itÖ
I have learned something crucial to sharing my faith, and I thought itíd be nice if I shared it with you too. God already knows who is going to accept his gracious promises and who will not. He is the one, the infinite being separate from all created things, that opens the hearts and minds for those to receive his words! I cannot force feed anyone. I cannot make anyone believe the way I believe. Oh, if I could, lol, itíd make my life so much easier. But I canít, nor will I try. However, if someone feels convicted, if they feel that tiny little tug on their heart, if you feel that tiny little tug, you can rest assured Jesus is truly calling you next to himself.
He does the work. Christians just throw out the bait. He does the convicting, Christians just allow him to use us to put the marshmallow on the stick. The temperature, taste, aroma, even positioning is all up to God and how the hearersí receive the message, itís that simple.
Tried witnessing lately and feel like youíve failed? Donít! The whole world is dying to hear of this Man God Jesus Christ. You know the one we call Savior and friend! God will use you, your specific abilities, your specific talents, you are like none other and what you have to offer is like none other, so please know if you are a born again child of God, you are qualified to preach, teach, admonish, strengthen, and encourage! You donít have to have a slew of degrees behind your name, all you need is Jesus.
Folks he is getting ready to throw the grandest party you have ever seen. There will be cake, there will be wine, we will dance and dance and dance the night away, but unless our families, our friends become like little children then will never receive it. We must trust, we must stop trying to figure everything out! Little children donít worry about where their next morsel of bread is going to come from, they know their moms and dads are going to take care of them. Children donít sweat getting new toys or clothes, they know too that those things will be provided for.
Itís the same thing with our heavenly father. He knows what we stand in need of before we even open our mouths. Truly he sticks closer than a brother! God is so good, he is so infinitely good, wonít we get quiet for but a moment to see his goodness all around us? I know I want to. I just want to become more and more childlike until all I see, all I ever focus on is my loving fatherís eyes. He is so kind, so tender, so true. I have never had a friend like this, and I donít suppose I ever will.
It is such a joy and a treasure to me to tell others how wonderful and loving he is. My prayer is that if you or a loved one that you are prayerfully interceding for has not made Christ his or her Savior, that he/she would do so now. Jesus only you can open blind eyes. Only you can set captives frees. Only in your power and might are we able to stand in this evil day, but Lord it is your great pleasure that we do. I love you Jesus. Mighty, mighty Jesus deeply move in the heart of your people today. Show each how very much you love them and their tremendous worth and value found in you alone. Give us open hearts to receive your love, truly Lord, how could we ever become like children apart from you? In Jesus name. So be it.
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