DayBreaks for 08/30/13 – Under-Dreaming Heaven
Luke 18:15-17 (NLT) –One day some parents brought their little children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But when the disciples saw this, they scolded the parents for bothering him. 16 Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. 17 I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”
Receiving the kingdom like a child is not as easy as it sounds, especially for us adults. We’ve seen a lot of life, survived a lot of disappointment and pain and have grown skeptical of anything that sounds too good to be true. We’ve been warned of precisely that all of our lives. And we have fallen for it over and over again – whenever Satan whispers in our ears about how much we will enjoy the sin activity we are contemplating, we always find out afterwards that it wasn’t as good as he made it sound, in fact, it was something that made us feel slimy.
So we wonder, based upon our conditioned response and myriad warnings over the years, are the things of God the same way? Is Jesus just trying to sucker us in by telling us we need to accept the kingdom with the blind trust and naiveté of a little child – only to find that it will be less than he built it up to be? I think not. Expectations are strange things, but they are powerful. If the apostle Paul is right (1 Cor. 2:9), our expectations for an eternity with God are way off base, but in a good way! Our expectations won’t be disappointed in the Kingdom. We will awaken to find them far too tame and minimalistic, we will have under-dreamt the vision of heaven.
Can we take Jesus at his word that we need to come in blind trust, openly receiving all that He has told us about His home and a life to come will all be worth it and that we won’t be disappointed? We stake our faith on it, don’t we, each time we say no to the world and yes to Him.
PRAYER: We have grown jaded through the years and have lost the simple delight of accepting something good at face value. Let us learn to be children again in our acceptance of your teaching! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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