~ HALLELUJAH!! ~
HE IS RISEN & WE ARE FREE!!
I want to shout it from the rooftops!!
Going to church Sunday we were listening to a Christian radio station.
As the DJ talked about
God taking care of the big stuff (like floods, pestilence, famine),
me holding onto the little stuff myself (I AM SO GUILTY!),
thoughts hit me hard and fast!
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14, Mark 10:14, Luke 18:16). The Message translates it this way, “Let the children alone, don’t prevent them from coming to me.
God’s kingdom is made up of people like these.”
When I think of kids – especially at play – I think of
No wonder God wants us to come to him that way!
Here’s what God showed me today about coming to Him as a child
and the freedom that brings.
- If I am to be truly free, I need to let go of feeling responsible. No parent would make their kids responsible for adult things like bills, taking care of the house, maintaining the car, and so forth. Neither does God expect us to be responsible for things He takes care of (Matthew 6:25-34). I am not responsible for the stuff I often hang on to – like my kids’ hearts, attitudes, learning, behavior, etc. Interestingly enough, kids don’t usually ask for extra responsibility, either! (until they get to be teens. But God didn’t say come as a teen! :-)) Kids are perfectly content to let their parents handle life! Letting go of feeling responsible brings a sense of relief! That’s what it means to come as a child. (really it’s a pride issue – does God really need my help in anything?! Come on, Michelle!!)
- Closed fist vs. Open Hands. If I hold onto something, it’s in my grip, it’s my focus, it’s MINE. Opening my hands to give whatever it is (worry, control, fear, anger, problems, desires, dreams, etc) to Jesus breathes freedom and joy into my life. I let go of my control – or desire to be in control! Kids don’t hold onto negative things often, and “God’s kingdom is made up of people like these” – people who are open-handed, free, not holding tightly to something they shouldn’t, willing to let God be in control.
- FREE TO FOCUS! My Biggest Revelation! When I let go of even the “little things,” I am free to focus on listening to God’s voice. When my attention is wrapped up in whatever I’m holding onto, that’s my focus. I can’t hear God as well. When I let go, I am free of those distractions. I can listen for God’s voice and hear it more clearly because I’m focused on Him, not what I’m holding or feeling responsible for. I have a sense of lightness and joy. Oh, that’s my goal!
If the Son has set you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:36)
I hope you enjoy a day of child-like wonder as you let go of whatever you’re holding
and let God usher you into His presence – all day long!
The Son had set you free, so you are free indeed!