How does one live in God’s kingdom? What does that look like?
If you read Matthew 19: 13-15 you’ll see how Jesus responded to his disciples’ rebuke to parents who wanted Jesus to bless their children. Children had no status in those days. The people of respect were the adults, especially the old men. That was the Jewish culture. But Jesus turned that upside down by insisting that his kingdom was for children.
Really? Children are needy and helpless. They frighten easily. They need protection and care. And they’re messy!
God’s kingdom is precisely for those who are helpless and insignificant and marginalized.
The nobodies are more important than the somebodies. God’s kingdom is not for the movers and shakers.
The kingdom is right-side up while the world is upside down, so no matter what the world tells us is important, or who we should be, it’s probably not true. The disciples reacted as the culture of the day demanded, but Jesus reversed that.
So God’s handbook says, “Become like a little child.” We’re not important. We’re unworthy servants at best. We must look out for others first. Esteem them better than ourselves.
Christ showed us how. He was the king serving his subjects. The saint serving sinners.
We can’t to do it by the law. Knowledge is not enough. There’s something broken in all of us. We don’t need a better you. We’ve been promised a new you in the gospel.
Christ covered our sins by his blood. He’s our Passover. All our sins were imputed to him and he died for them on the cross. And all Christ’s righteousness has been imputed to us. The grand exchange described in 2 Corinthians 5:21. We no longer carry the burden of sin and death on our shoulders. We can now skip and dance like little children in the playground of God’s kingdom.
Do you believe this?
If you’re not sure, receive Christ by faith today. It’s not about being smarter. Or stronger. It’s about feeling helpless like a little child and clinging to him for life.
Be helpless. It’s okay.
God’s kingdom is full of needy ones. Stay that way.
Talk to me.