Day 10 - Receiving the Kingdom
“Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” --Luke 18:17
If we stick with our definition from yesterday’s study of the word used in the Bible that is translated into kingdom as “authority”, what would it mean to receive God’s authority, His reign, His sovereignty like a child?
In Jesus’s day, children were not regarded by religious leaders as important until they were physically strong enough to help their families; similarly, they were not regarded as intelligent enough to begin learning about God, and were therefore largely ignored. When Jesus contradicts this thinking by making the above statement that unless a person follows God and His Son with childlike faith and trust, they will be unable to perceive God’s kingdom and reign, He is making a statement about the condition of the follower.
I often have to ask myself if my pride is getting in the way of me genuinely following God. Sometimes its more tempting to approach God with all of the things I think I know in order to demonstrate in some way that I understand more than I really do, than it is to trust that He is all wisdom and truth. In order to pursue this more fully we must do what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5 so that we would “not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.”
Read 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5. What does this tell you about the nature of God’s relationship with mankind?