2021_03_05 Insight Post- Emma Keeton
This week's reading- Matthew 17 & 18
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
In Matthew chapter 18 the disciples came to Jesus and asked who was the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? Jesus called over a child and said, “unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” Matthew 18:3. What a blow the disciples just received! Instead of finding out who would be the most esteemed among them, Jesus says they have to literally change from the inside out to even get a look in at the kingdom. To be childlike in its purest form, is to have a faith that does not doubt and to simply see God in all things.
Let's consider some ways we change as we 'mature:'
We learn how to look good by covering up our faults.
We become overloaded by the concerns of our lives and are susceptible to cynicism.
We learn to survive in the world by self promotion.
We don't let others close for fear they may hurt us. We protect ourselves.
But every layer of falsehood leads us further away from our true self, a child of God.
Romans 8:14 tells us “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.”
When we became believers we were given God's Spirit as a gift. Therefore it is our new nature to be trusting, joyful and obedient children of God.
Let us not be pulled down today by anything that would stop us from enjoying that treasured place in God's heart. Believe what He says about you. You are a child of God.
“Where I have made it complicated, Father make it simple.
Where I have relied on myself instead of you, Father forgive me.
Where I have lost my awe and wonder, Father rekindle what it is to be a child.
Lead me by you Holy Spirit today.
In Jesus Name
Prayer Team Lead