The Kingdom is Going to the Kids
At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them
3 and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children,
you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
4 Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 23:4 NLT
[Religious teachers] crush people with unbearable religious demands
13 What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites!
For you shut the door of the Kingdom of Heaven in people’s faces.
You won’t go in yourselves, and you don’t let others enter either.
· What is the greatest commandment?
· How many times do I forgive?
· How do I tithe?
· Who is the greatest in the kingdom?
…The Kingdom is Going to the Kids
Being a kid is associated with immaturity,
irresponsibility & irrational thinking
Synonymous with being naïve, silly, foolish
1 Cor 1:27 NKJV
God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, & God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;
Adults know too much – know too many reasons “Why not…”
I can’t do it – I’m too old – I don’t have any help
I don’t have enough money – It’s impossible
Adults force limitations on children
Actually, we’re saddling them with our fears
Don’t do this… don’t do that
Children believe they can do anything
They insist on doing it themselves – “I can do it!”
It’s not about knowing “how” – it’s about believing in themselves
They will cry if you don’t let them try
They will cry if they can’t do it – we just quit
Children are curious
They are always asking questions
We fake it so no one will know that we don’t know
Children don’t put limits on their imaginations
They are always the hero
We dream things, then list the reasons why we can’t do it
Children don’t accept “No”
Prayers of importunity – Lk 11:5
Children get up when they fall
They don’t question if they can get up
Children don’t hold grudges
Anger, resentment, roots of bitterness…
They forgive and keep going
Children don’t stay sad or mad for too long
When something happens, their emotions are deep
Then they go back to their happy selves
Children don’t wait until someone tells them they are ready
They say “yes” first, then figure out the rest as they go
Children aren’t afraid to try new things
We have to be fully prepared – we need a sense of security
We need to have all of our questions answered
Children want to please their father
“This is my beloved child and I am happy with them”
God wants us to get our “child” back
'Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise'?"