TODAY’S MEDITATION – How do we receive the Kingdom of God? (Mark 10:14-15)

Sometimes, we forget a key point: the Bible is God’s WORD… not God’s words. It means that all the words composing it have to be taken in one unity, in harmony, in accord… and each word is important. My brother, my sister, the Bible tells us that we RECEIVE the Kingdom of God to be able to enter it. The same Bible tells us “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else…” (Matthew 6:33). Now, this is my question: most of the time, we receive things because we asked them, or because someone wants toplease us… But what is the case of the Kingdom of God? Did we ask it to expect to RECEIVE it? Or, is it something the Lord wants to give us? Then why is it that He says: ” For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. 15 I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it” (Mark 10:14-15).

My friends, there are serious mysteries in the Word of God. And each one of us should meditate on things like: how can I receive the Kingdom of God like a child?” The answer is simple and before us: Jesus’ humility! You see, most people consider the Christian faith for the first time after having life experiences that have taken them way past the ability to be as innocent as children: they know everything, they have experienced everything… so much that it is difficult to truly RECEIVE anything from the Spirit of God.

Here, Jesus does not ask us to put aside our experiences, but he does require a change of attitude: the adult self-sufficiency in us must recognise its need for the sovereign God; our adult defensive attitude must humble itself before the Holy God; the toughness of the sceptical adult in us must soften before the loving God… Why? Because children do not feel supremely powerful, perfectly righteous or totally autonomous… My friend, coming to Jesus means accepting to receive His goodness, to confess your need to Him and commit your life to His unfailing guidance… There is no other any of us can RECEIVE the Kingdom of God without humbling before Jesus. Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.