Monday, April 11, 2011

Entry to the Kingdom of Heaven

I have an almost four year old granddaughter who has taught me much. Just today, as I dropped her and her mother off at the airport to head to Disneyland, I was hit with the reality of what Jesus had to say in Matthew 18

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, "Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"

And He called a child to Himself and set him before them,

and said, "Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

"Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (verses 1-4)

As we were on the way to the airport we told her: "today you will be going on an airplane, a train and a bus". Her response "a slow train or a fast train". See she has never been on an airplane, a train or a bus yet she accepted the premise of being on each one without question.

The "faith" of a child is that kind of trust that Jesus said we must have to "enter the kingdom of heaven". A child doesn't need to ask for proof that airplanes exist or that heavy metal can indeed fly. A bus? So many questions could have been asked. Children just simply believe.

Yes, we are eternally saved by faith and we will all, those who have placed their total trust in the blood of Jesus, will one day enter the eternal kingdom when Jesus comes for us or we leave here and go to Him.

The invitation that Jesus offers us to to enter His kingdom now! It doesn't come without a serious cost. We must surrender our right to control our own lives and choose to live by childlike faith. It is a choice!

Will you choose to live in the kingdom or will you choose to stumble along in the dark by pretending that you have control?

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