Jesus' message is about how we accept the Kingdom of God. He is urging us to shed our cynical, guarded, clever, arrogant, judgmental ways. Jesus is contrasting those who regard themselves as very religious, but can keep Jesus at arm's length, with the children who just run up and embrace him and rest in his embrace. Jesus is inviting us to be more child-like in our trust of him.
What does it mean for me to "accept the Kingdom of God like a child"? What in me needs to "soften"? Where does my trust in God need to grow? In what areas am I keeping Jesus at a distance? What patterns in my life are "off limits" to the in-breaking of the Kingdom of God? In what ways do I need to be freer, less rigid, less a source of conflict within my family or church or work, less impatient and judgmental?
Oh, Lord, transform the Pharisee in me into a child that can run into your arms. Shine your light into my heart and reveal to me the still small desires you are placing there. May your Kingdom come and your will be done in me.
By Andy Alexander