Sunday April 3rd –   Listen and Receive – Be a CHILD! Childlike faith

Adulting is hard!

Becoming a adult was the biggest mistake I ever made!

Luke 9:43-48  “But while they were all marveling at everything he was doing, Jesus said to his disciples,  “Let these words sink into your ears: The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men.”  But they did not understand this saying, and it was concealed from them, so that they might not perceive it. And they were afraid to ask him about this saying.   An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest.  But Jesus, knowing the reasoning of their hearts, took a child and put him by his side and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. Fore he who is least among you all is the one who is great.”  ESV

  1. It is good to marvel at what Jesus is doing
    1. Kids marvel at anything parents do
      1. Even the simple things are wondrous to a child
      2. “Got Your Nose!”
    2. Child of God, do you live in WONDER of everything God is doing?
  2. Jesus will teach you great truth
    1. He will also teach you things you might not understand right now – LEARN ANYWAY
    2. Some things you learn for THE RIGHT TIME
    3. Kids learn in stages
      1. PK kids do not learn calculus but 1+1=
    4. They were afraid to ask Him
      1. NEVER be afraid to ask God ANYTHING
        1. You might not understand the answer
        2. You might not like the answer
      2. Any parent KNOWS that KIDS ASK THE STRANGEST THINGS – over and over AND OVER!!!
    5. Two of the great lessons of Jesus Christ that most everyone can grab a hold of is HUMILITY and SERVANTHOOD
      1. Even among the disciples
        1. Who is the greatest? SMH
      2. What a sad and disappointing question
        1. For MANY reasons
          1. God is the greatest!
          2. He just told them that He was going to die for them – They just didn’t understand
          3. Mankind are ALL sinners
          4. The prince is equal to the pauper in Gods eyes
          5. The powerful and the powerless have the same access to the Kingdom of God

(Illustrate with a roll of white paper towels.  Write God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit on the first piece.   Have 2 volunteers roll it out to the end of the sanctuary and write the names of Paul, John the Baptist, Billy Graham and Lottie Moon.  Note distance between them and God and ask where they believe they would fall on this scale.)

  1. These should have known we are all servants.
  1. Jesus uses a small child to show who is the greatest
    1. Kids KNOW they are not the greatest
      1. Their ENTIRE LIFE is dependent on others
        1. Food, clothing, sanitation
      2. Their every step is choreographed by another
        1. When to eat, sleep, play, etc
    1. Totally dependent on GOD
  1. A child has no prejudice
    1. Racism, sexism, any other -ism is taught
    2. A child still views everyone as equal
  2. The young child is unspoiled by the harsh realities of the world.
    1. Still sinners but not as stained or hardened by their sin as people my age have become
      1. A hard heart is tough to break
        1. But break it must
        2. We must become broken flesh moistened by our tears to form clay that God is able to mold and make in His image for His purpose.
      2. The child is the same as the grown up in the kingdom
        1. Grace brings equality
        2. Faith brings equality
  • Jesus makes the playing field level for everyone
    1. The ground at the cross is even.
      1. Young or old
      2. Tall or short
      3. Fat or thing
      4. Rich or poor
      5. Powerful or powerless
      6. Center of attention or pushed out to the margins
    2. Everyone is welcome at the cross
      1. Yes, even THEM (whoever your THEM may be
    3. Muslims are welcome at the cross – although they will not be muslim but CHRISTIAN after being saved by GRACE alone through FAITH alone in CHRIST alone!
    4. The most evil people ever are welcome at the cross – although they will be FORGIVEN after being saved by GRACE alone through FAITH alone in CHRIST alone!

Be a kid

A kid never doubts what God is doing

A kid never looks for ulterior motives

A kid never judges how fait God is being