914 Jesus Loves Me

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Little ones to Him belong;
They are weak, but He is strong.

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Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. (Mt. 18:3)

Jesus places a little child in the midst of His disciples and tells them that what He is about to say is critically important. “Assuredly,” a trustworthy truth that is to be seriously dealt with. He proceeds to explain that they will not enter the kingdom of heaven unless they make a dynamic change. They need to turn from their self-seeking, worldly ambitions and become like little children, free from pride, covetousness, and ambition. The disciples had been arguing about who would be greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus had to correct their understanding, showing them God’s point of view. To be great is to become like a child, humble, simple, content, trusting, and teachable.

What makes us children in the Kingdom of God is a child-like attitude toward God. A child delights in spending time with her father, talking to him, walking with him, resting near him. Face radiating with delight, her hand reaches up to grasp his down-stretched hand. His hand, so big, so strong, so safe. Her hand, so small, so weak, so fragile. Hand-in-hand they walk along the way. Her daddy knows where they are going. She does not. She knows she is walking with her daddy. That is enough. When she falls, he picks her up, when she laughs, he smiles, when she jumps, he catches her. She looks up to him, certain of his love for her. He looks down at her, treasuring the moment with her. She delights in doing what her daddy tells her to do. She wants to please her daddy. She loves him. Daddy gently, carefully, purposefully guides and corrects her. Sometimes—often—she does not like his discipline, but she has come to accept it and is gradually adjusting her actions accordingly. She neither knows nor understands the wisdom in the ways of her father. He knows he must prepare her for the dangers that lie ahead. When we are convinced of God’s love, we willingly accept His correction. When we do not know His love, His correction seems harsh to us. We become childish. Unsure of His love, we grow fearful, uncertain, troubled. We know that we do not have the answers, but we are not willing to trust our Father’s wisdom and guidance.

Do you know, really know, the love God has for you? Is there one place in your life where you don’t know His love? Unable to trust? Selfish and immature? Won’t you look to God and ask Him to show you His love? “Little ones to Him belong; they are weak, but He is strong.”