Sometimes when you read a familiar passage of the Bible, you’ve really got to slow yourself down and pay attention. Sometimes it’s so easy to just think, I’ve read this before, and quickly read through it, and then move on to the next passage. When we do that, we can miss that unique thing that God may want to say to us today.
For instance, one of today’s readings was like that for me. So I had to go back and reread Mark 10: 13-16 several times. Listen to what it says:
13 People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. 14But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 15Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.’ 16And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.
When I was reading today this is what jumped out to me. In verse 15, if you don’t receive the kingdom of God as a little child, you will not enter it. I just sat and stewed on that for a little bit today.
By the way, that’s one of the ways that you can really hear God’s voice in Scripture. When you are reading, what jumps out to you? What catches your eye? God back and stay there for a while. Go and listen. Keep going back to it. And listen to what jumps out. Pay attention to words. To thoughts. To ideas. To images. What pops off the page at you? That’s where God is speaking to you.
Today for me, it was receiving the kingdom like a little child. Know what I thought about? Christmas morning. The excitement. The joy. The anticipation. The “waking up at 3 in the morning” type of passion that every child has a Christmas Eve. The fact that you can’t wait, you can’t can’t wait, you can’t wait to get that present.
Look out work, here we come!
Our kids feel that way about Christmas, don’t they? Honestly, don’t we still?
Do we feel that way about the Kingdom? Do we feel that way about grace, about mercy, about Jesus?
This world makes us grow up, doesn’t it? And that’s a little sad. We can lose that that joy for Jesus and His gift. This world as a way of dampening that fire.
Jesus today wants to light that fire in our hearts.
Today, you are not condemned. You are forgiven. You are loved. You are treasured. You are valued. You are His prize, His joy, His love.
And He wants you to receive that today. With child-like joy!
Today, may we receive His love like a child.
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