Another Spiritual Paradox
I. Through the eyes of a child…***(see bottom)
A. We must come to God as a child.
– Having all of the answers does not get us closer to God. Sometimes, our “answers” keep us from God.
Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it. Mark 10:15
At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children. Matthew 11:25
B. We must have the faith of a child…
– to keep jumping, even when it looks impossible or scary.
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him! Luke 11:13
C. We must have the humility of a child.
Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:4
D. We need to maintain the innocence of a child.
Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world. Philippians 2:14-15
II. …With complete maturity
A. We must have the maturity of being an heir with Christ.
I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. Galatians 4:1-7
B. We must give up childish ways.
– “Don’t fear the ghosts of the past, rather, fear the monster you let out and feed, when no one is watching.”
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 1 Corinthians 13:11
C. We must display the wisdom of God…
– to know when not to jump.
For everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. Hebrews 5:13-14
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. Ephesians 4:11-16
D. We must be mature in our thinking.
Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature. 1 Corinthians 14:20
E. We must be mature in love.
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2
“If there were an easier, better, or more painless way for God to accomplish His will in your life, He would do it.” We must have the spiritual maturity to believe that everything that happens in our lives is to mold us into the person that God wants us to be, in order to do what He wants us to do. Each and every earthly circumstance has an eternal purpose.
When we come to the end of our mature, adult wisdom, and we do not understand what God is doing, we need to be willing to become child-like, and trust our Heavenly Father. This is a balance that takes work. Do the next right thing!
Faith is allowing God to be God. Faith is allowing God to do in our lives all that He needs to do (good or bad from our point of view), in order to accomplish His perfect will. Faith is allowing God to strip, flay and crucify us, if that’s what is needed to accomplish His will in us. Faith is simply accepting God’s night seasons as part of His will towards us. Job came to know what true faith was all about when he said, “though [You] slay me, yet will I trust [You].”
The turning point in my life came when I finally realized that abandonment to God’s will and having human expectations cannot co-exist in my soul. Abandonment to God’s will is laying everything down at the foot of the cross and leaving it there, whereas, human expectation is picking it back up again and running with it.
from “Faith in the Night Seasons” by Nancy Missler
©2010 The King’s High Way Ministries, all rights reserved, http://www.KingsHighWay.org
***In the Old Testament, “child(ren)” was the word used to describe the nation of Israel collectively. In the New Testament, “child(ren)” is used to describe a personal and individual relationship that we have with the Father. The cross made the difference.
Original material by Holly M. Besser, ©2013. May not be used or re-printed without permission. bp3203-24-13