Thursday 2 April 2020

God's kingdom is different

The confidence of a child...
Some of you will know the tittle “Dare to be different – be what you are” from my book on holiness (1). It should not be a surprise that we are different, because God's kingdom is different and we are citizens of that Kingdom.

The laws of God’s kingdom are completely different to the laws of this world. Take for example the world's growing demand for energy. To avoid destroying ourselves, the necessity to find renewable energy sources that do not influence the Earth’s ecosystem becomes increasingly urgent.

In the kingdom of God, all energy sources are renewable, and if we use them they will produce new and constructive energy. Love gives energy, and the more I love – the more love is generated.
Further, in God’s kingdom no one is greater than a child! 

“Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 

the disciples asked Jesus. 

I do not know what answer they were expecting, but I do not think anyone had foreseen what happened:
He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 18:1-4
'You Got to Be a Baby' was one of the first songs I learned to play on the guitar to accompany my own singing. The song came to Norway with the Jesus Revolution. Although the song was biblical, it was perceived as a protest against the established church-hierarchy, in the same way Jesus was perceived in his time. In combination with the 'One Way - button' on our jackets, we sang it both indoors during the ‘Gospel-nights’ and out on the street when we evangelized.

It was true 48 years ago, and praise God how effective it was! It is just as applicable today as it was when the disciples learned it on their journey up to Jerusalem 2000 years ago – a child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven. Therefore, a church without children will never be a real church.

God, help me to keep the confidence and enthusiasm of a child!

(1) Link to the book

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