S01E35 Child of God

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Hi, you’re listening to Alabaster Jars.

 

I’m Sheena and the title of today’s reading is “Child of God”

 

The key verse for today is from Luke chapter 18 verse 17

 

It says, (pause) “Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”

 

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I like to read Luke 18:9-17 as one passage. When I read it this way, I find insights about my spiritual walk.

 

Character One is a Pharisee who pretty much has the spiritual disciplines down. He is glad that he has arrived at this place in his life. I know the feeling. When I am exercising, eating right, having my daily devotions, I am pretty happy about it too. But this confidence is short-lived when I am trusting only in myself. When spiritual pride inevitably comes creeping in, I have to look in the mirror and sternly say, “Get over yourself.”

 

Character Two, the tax collector, knows that his life is messed up. He is not doing the things he wants to. And he continues doing stuff he doesn’t want to—see Romans 7:21-25. But, he admits it. He is open to the fact that he is broken, that he needs a power greater than himself to restore him to sanity. And, he goes down to his house justified. I’ve been there too. When I get discouraged and feel like I will never get it together, I have to look in the mirror and say grace- fully, “Keep putting on the robe. Keep yourself covered in the righteousness of Jesus.”

 

But, I truly want to live a life devoid of either pride or angst. Instead, I want to be like the little children Jesus blessed— read Luke 18:15-17. Attachment theory helps me understand how to be like a child in my relationship with God.

 

Attachment is a lasting psychological bond between human beings. A child that is securely attached to his caregiver believes that the caregiver is always near—John 15:9—, always accessible—Hebrews 13:5—and always attentive—John 14:14. For me, receiving the Kingdom of God as a little child means staying securely attached to Jesus and letting Him live His life through me—moment by moment. Only that way can I actually receive the Kingdom of God as a little child.

 

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Alabaster Jars is written by women from all over the world. Edited and compiled by Fylvia Fowler Kline. This is podcast is produced by Hope Channel Singapore. For episodes and more, visit our website: hopechannel.sg