Receive the kingdom of God as a little child
Luke 18:17 -
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God like a little child shall in no wise enter therein.
The Lord says that unless we receive the Kingdom of God like a little child we shall not enter it. Kingdom of God does not necessary mean only Heaven.
We can be in the Kingdom of God here on earth itself and that means being in the will of God, the glory of God with His presence being manifested around us.
To be in this relationship with the Lord we need to be approaching His Kingdom like a child. That does not mean to be a little child but says 'LIKE a little child' also not childish.
We need to understand the Kingdom of God is only for Sons meaning those who mature in the knowledge and understanding of God and have His image (the fruits of the Holy Spirit) in them. Yet the approach to the Kingdom should be like a little child.
For this we need to understand the childlike properties which the Lord is talking of and I list some of them:-
A child has a trust relationship with its parents and we too should have that relation with our God for He is Al-Shaddai - Strong Breasted One - He is our Father and Mother and all capable.
A child depends on its parents for protection and provision - we too need to understand whatever we do bears result and fruit only because Him. He is our provider and He uses people as vessels to give our provision.
For a child its parents need to be always in its eyesight and anytime they are not visible it panics and cries and calls out for them - we should have experience of the spiritual presence of God always in our life and if we do not see the manifestation of His presences around us it is time to panic and start crying and calling out for Him.
There are many such properties we will find if we meditate on it.
Let us thus, while maturing in the knowledge and understanding of the Kingdom of God, also approach it like a little child.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You are Almighty and Omnipotent. You are our Creator, Provider and Protector. All things come from You and nothing can happen without You. We are in your Hands and You are in control of everything around and about us. You know our past, our present and even our future is not hidden from You. Lord, we surrender to You and to your will, build us Lord and keep us close to You...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripture ]
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
19 For the earnest expectation of the creature [creation] waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
1 John 3:1-2
1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
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