Start Over by Pastor Andy

Like a Child

1About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?”
2Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. 3Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. 4So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.  -Matthew 18:1-4

I love verse three.

Unless you turn…

To become like a child in God’s eyes, we must turn. The Message version uses the phrase,

…unless you return to square one and start over…

To become like a child we must start over, begin anew, become a child again.

Born Again

I’m reminded of the conversation Nicodemus has with Jesus in John 3. Jesus says,

I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of Heaven.  -John 3:3

Nicodemus is confused. What does it mean to become born again? Return to my mother’s womb? I like you Jesus, but that’s a little weird! To be honest, Jesus phrase, “become like little children,” is a little weird too. How do I become like a child? Do I really want to be a child?

In Nicodemus’ case, Jesus kindly explains “born again” means to be born of the Spirit. The same is true of becoming like a child.

In our encouragement to GROW Young, we talked about,

  • Be Carefree
  • Belong
  • Be Joyful
  • Anticipate
  • Discipline
  • Dependence

All are great encouragements, but we can’t do it on our own. We are helpless to have enough child-like faith to enter the Kingdom of Heaven in our own strength. We need the Spirit.

To GROW Young, we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit. It’s how we become carefree, belong, full of joy, anticipatory, disciplined and dependent. We need to start over, and be filled with the Spirit.

Here’s a simple prayer to start your day,

Jesus fill me with your Spirit. Help me to turn – turn toward You and away from sin. Fill me with your Spirit so I can be like a child in my faith. Thank you for giving me a good thing. Thank you for your Spirit. Amen.

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