The Rich man vs the Child
God’s kingdom belongs to those who are more like children and less like the rich man.
I’ve always wondered what accepting the Kingdom of a God like a child meant. But this made a bit more sense to me today: The rich man’s wealth is acquired whilst a child’s wealth is received.
In a normal world, everything a child possesses is given by someone who has had to work for it. The Rich man’s wealth on the other hand is earned by him through hard work and labour.
Grace over works.
A child can enjoy gifts given to them without feeling like guilty or worthless. For the adult on the other hand, our sense of worth often comes from our (or in worse cases others) perception of how successful we are. Children do not care about that. They show off the things have received without shame. They even tell you who gave it to them and feel very proud about it.
God has so much to give to us but we (I) often feel like we (I) need to earn it. Earn His forgiveness, earn His blessings, earn His love. No. We aren’t called to earn but to receive.
Be like the child. Receive freely from Him then go and enjoy the gift you have been given without shame. It’s yours.
“Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.”
— Matthew 11:11-13
JTB was the greatest man that ever lived until Christ came. He was greater than all the prophets including Samuel, Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Jeremiah; greater than the Kings – King David, Solomon, Hezekiah..greater than the men who God clearly had blessed and thought fondly of Joseph, Abraham, Israel… because he ushered in Christ. His ministry marked the end of an old era. He was the first to see the Promise God made since the beginning of man and our world.
Yet, the least person in God’s kingdom is greater than he. So I am greater than all the prophets, kings, warriors, and special people of old. I am greater because I have the greatest One living in me. I am no longer hoping, I am actually living it – The life that thousands, maybe millions looked forward to and never saw. We are so so precious and blessed.
Yet we have another hope, because we look forward to His return and our return home. Selah
He lives in me x