A few days ago, I saw a vision… of Jesus carrying a toddler in His right arm and He had His left palm stretched out. This little one had both its chubby little hands picking something out of the palm of Jesus. It seemed as if it were seeds that that the tiny tot picked up – one in each hand – and that itself was a lot to hold! I couldn’t see what was in the palm of Jesus but it was obvious that His capacity was much much more than that of the little one!
To reflect on the vision, pondering on the role of a child will be a good starting point!
I never fail to be fascinated watching a child’s responses and reactions to things (other than the kids that are without a doubt spoilt). A child sees something new and it will first thing see how it tastes! It has to grab it and put it in its mouth – yes scary as everything has to be ‘childproof’. The child has no idea what’s good for it and what’s bad for it… It will grab whatever it can and check it out in ways that it could handle. Of course when it doesn’t like the taste of a certain food given to it, it will simply spit it out without a care in the world. Tactics, manners, etiquette – zip! Pure naiveté! Children are dependent on their parents for everything, not independent.
In Jesus’ words:
I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven – Matthew 18:3-4
In order to enter heaven, we HAVE to become like infants that totally rely on its parents with no questions asked but go with the flow knowing trusting the parents will see to their needs. Are we willing to depend on our Father like that, to seek His Kingdom and righteousness and trust Him to meet all our needs just as He has promised in Matthew 6:33? Or are we analysing everything and placing obstacles in the way of why we can’t heed to His voice? Are we procrastinating or are willing like little children to say “Here I am”?
The Greek term that is translated as ‘humbles’ in this verse is tapeinoo. It is defined as to depress; figuratively to humiliate (in condition or heart): – abase, bring low, humble (self).
We know we are special – no doubt about that! How can we be not, when we are the royal priesthood created by the Master Creator, in His image and likeness?! As believers we are a part of the Body of Christ – we are ALL EQUAL. Not one person is more important than the others. Also we are not independent – we operate as ONE, interdependent on each other and dependent on God. Whatever we do does affect the other as we are joined together by Him. There are numerous ONE ANOTHER commands in the Scriptures. We cannot say we do not need anyone because we do. That is the humility that God is calling us to.
We humble ourselves to accept that we have fallen short of His glory and thus we humble ourselves to reach out to help us stand firm in Him and receive His healing. God works through His vessels. We share in the joys and in the sorrows of one another. Even in the institution of marriage – where two become one flesh, are comparable helpers knowing that it is not good for man to be alone.
God tells the Israelites:
Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand – Isaiah 41:10
God wants to remind you today that He sustains us, that He upholds us in His righteous right hand.. as we become little children dependent on Him. Thus we will not fear and knowing that He is with us, we can go forward boldly wherever it is He is leading us. We will not be dismayed.. He is the one who then strengthens us and helps us.
Seeds often symbolise the Word of God. Read the parable of the sower.
- Are we ready to receive His Word? What is the soil that it’s falling on – is it a rocky path, is it a field with thorns or is it good soil?
- Are we afraid to sow the Word that He is giving us today, to do what He has called us to do with the talents / resources / people He has blessed us with? Then what He has given us will be taken away.
- Or are we willing to sow it in good soil and reap the harvest in multiples?
He gives to us what we need at the time of need… He won’t give more than we can handle but He does give more than we can ask for or even imagine.
The problem is sometimes we don’t trust ourselves to handle something or we want too much, more than we can handle. Are we able to once again follow the leading of the Holy Spirit to trust God and be His vessels to see His Kingdom come, to see His glory and let His power sweep over us.. He knows what we can do and He promises that He will is with us. He will not allow temptations more than we can bear – in fact He provides a door to run out.
- What is God calling you to do today?
- What fears do you have today that is holding you back in life and to follow His voice?
- What does it mean to you to be upheld in His righteous right hand?
- What does it mean to you to become like a little child?
- What is He giving you that you feel is far more greater than what you can handle? In light of the above, how should your response be?
- What next steps do you have to take?