"Be Like a Child...to Become like Me..."

2/27/2001

“Be Like a Child...to Become like Me...”

Another dusty day on the road,

The crowd slows down for a while,

A ripple of motion moving close,

A mother and a child...

His men, they scoff, “He doesn’t have time”

We’ve more “serious” things to do,

We’ve got big “important” plans you know!

Why should He stop for you??

Soon enough their faulty view

Of the Kingdom things at hand,

Would be exposed, their pride

Revealed in just a moment’s span.

The wee little child scrambles up,

To sit on Jesus’ knee,

Big, round eyes all a-wonder,

Blinking, dancing, free.

Jesus snuggles, wraps him up

In a bear hug, big and warm,

Ahhhhh...sweet reminder...

Of the Father’s loving arms...

All eyes on Jesus, so real, so True!

His words would hold the key,

“If Kingdom Love is your Hope and dream,

Be a child...to Become like Me”

If it’s True Greatness you desire,

The kind that’s oh so rare,

A child, simple child...

He pointed us “big” people, THERE.

Children, Listen! Take to heart

The words King Jesus speaks,

“Be like this child to be Great”....

Humble, simple, meek.

Of all the people...the great,

The Kings, the beautiful, the wise,

He chose YOU to be our goal—

Our unlikely little small fries! : )

He chose you, the precious lambs,

The last choice on our list,

You’re the ones He soooo enjoys,

And smothers with His kisses.

You live in the moment, never in the past,

The present is your life.

Innocent, wide-eyed eager and smiling,

Nothing of fear or strife.

“Be like these,” our Master said,

It was more than just “a teaching,”

It was a command for us, ageless Truth—

Piercing, probing, reaching,

Into our hearts and laying bear

Our self-life, pride and “problems”,

Quit the fight and let them go

And be like the precious children.

They’re innocent, humble, trusting, free,

Without a thought of self,

“We’ve got sooo much we have to do!”...

Just leave it on the shelf!

In light of that...

Give some thought to how to care

For the Lambs, the meek, the mild,

How we can lead them to their Daddy—

True “Home” for every child.

No beauty or majesty, just simple and pure,

With innocence and a smile

Gems from Father, jewels from Jesus...

Given us for a while.

So don’t despise the drippy nose,

The loss of sleep, the noise,

Precious to God is a cup of water

For these precious girls and boys.

If you want Life in the Kingdom of love,

Humble yourself like them,

Then you’ll be among the great,

Becoming more like Him!

Let’s love the children, unconditionally, no strings attached, looking for nothing in return. They are living gifts from the Father, packed with potential for Life. Shape them well—hold no Truths back from them! Point them to their Father, to Jesus, to Life! Don’t ever underestimate their understanding and their ability to grasp Truths, and their capacity to love and learn. Don’t withhold the “hard things”...they need them. Most of all, note that Jesus esteemed the little children...

“He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: ‘I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’” (Matthew 18:2-4)

And for the children...

“Then the little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’ “ (Matthew 19:13-14)

That sure is special isn’t it? For Jesus to hold you up like that and point to you, as the example for the big people! That’s a pretty special place of honor...so prize it, take it to heart, enjoy it and keep on lovin’ Jesus! And as you grow bigger, always remain a child in your insides, in heart, purity, simplicity and love....

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