Jesus encourages us to approach Him with childlike hearts. With hearts that know they are loved. Hearts that trust they are safe. Hearts that are willing to take risks. Unguarded hearts that can grow and learn.
When disciples asked Him, “Who is considered to be the greatest in heaven’s kingdom realm?” Jesus told them, “Learn this well: Unless you dramatically change your way of thinking and become teachable, and learn about heaven’s kingdom realm with the wide-eyed wonder of a child, you will never be able to enter in. Whoever continually humbles himself to become like this gentle child is the greatest one in heaven’s kingdom realm.” That’s Matthew, chapter 18, verses 3 and 4.
As adults in this street smart and cynical world, adopting the “wide-eyed wonder of a child” might seem impossible. We’ve endured years of struggle and temptation and pain. We’re battle weary, but we’re still always ready and quick to mount a defense. We’ve become quite skilled at protecting our hearts on our own–as our culture has taught and encouraged us to do.
But we’re much less skilled at surrendering, at trusting, at becoming vulnerable and opening our hearts. But, without open hearts, we cannot receive the love and grace and wonder of God.
Holy Spirit just said, “There is something deep within you, you can feel it, hints of it—that promise of something more. It is both encouraging and frustrating to think about that promise. Because it doesn’t feel possible. It doesn’t feel like you’ll ever realize it.”
And then Holy Spirit invited us to do something. It’s something a bit crazy, but brilliant and practical too. He asked us to put ourselves into a physical posture of openness and vulnerability because He knows that doing that simple act will help our hearts get into a posture of openness and vulnerability too. He asked us to adopt the physical posture of a child in order to help us adopt the heart-posture of a child.
So, how does that sound? Are you willing to humble yourself a bit? Can you surrender control? Can you lay down your strength, so that you can tap into His infinite strength? Can you drop your guard and do something that might feel a bit foolish?
Join us for “How to Change Your Heart.”