“I can guarantee this truth:
‘Whoever doesn’t receive the kingdom of God as a little child receives it
will never enter it.’”
Mark 10:15 & Luke 18:17
Much of my daily life involves children. I have 12 grandchildren from the ages of 13 to 1 year. And they’re all within a half hour’s drive from me, four even right on the other side of the door. I learn a lot from them. I see myself in them. And I often get to see the world through their eyes.
Jesus said that we have a lot to learn from children. . . a lot about His Kingdom. He made enough statements about this, that at least two of His twelve wrote it down in the same way. From His Divine Perspective, He modeled and spoke of this “child model” enough to have it echoed by both Mark and Luke.
So how does one “receive the Kingdom of God” as a little child? If you don’t live with any little child, invite yourself to somebody’s home who has one. Even better, bring them something you know they’ll like….(you can ask their Mom or Dad for a suggestion.) It needn’t have a “Kingdom-level” price-tag on it to bring smiles and joy.
Then, sit up and watch the “receiving” experience. Do they:
- Analyze it
- Evaluate it
- Calculate it’s value
- Study through all the tiny writing on the box
- Cross-reference its value from multiple sources
- Wait to see if something better is coming
- Immediately hide it so nobody can touch it
One of the most memorable child-gifting experiences I ever witnessed was in the desert refugee camps where a big chunk of my heart is. Toys are pieces of sticks, rusted chunks of metal, stones, … you get the idea. One of our teammates had brought a brand new doll for her host family’s little girl. She was so excited to see what was in the package that she enthusiastically tore it open. As she pulled the pretty little doll from the box, she immediately jumped up with shrieks of joy, ran out of the tent and into the open waving the doll and shouting, “Look what WE got!!! Look what WE got!!!” to all her little neighborhood friends. And they came running . . .
I suspect this may have been the kind of reaction to which Jesus was referring when He repeatedly spoke to us of “receiving the Kingdom as a little child receives it . . .”
His coming to this earth was His Gift . . . His Kingdom in human form. It wasn’t meant for us to hide it in a closet, keep it to ourselves, analyze it to death, or refer to it as something for ‘someday.’ His Kingdom is something we are already part of if He is our King. So much of our world is waiting to hear . . . wondering . . . fearing, and trying to do life without Him.
Live it! Share it! Announce to your world, “Look what we got!”