Imagine Being Adopted by God! (2)
“Receive the kingdom of God as a little child.” Mk 10:15
Jesus said, “Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.” You need to become a little child again, to allow yourself the kind of relationship with the Lord that you may have missed; to allow Him to heal and adjust the damaged places of your past. God provides arms that allow adults to climb up like little children and be nurtured through the pain of earlier days. The new birth gives you a chance to start over. God will not abuse you when you come to Him. Through praise, you approach Him like a toddler on unskilled legs. In worship, you kiss His face and are held securely in His embrace. He has no ulterior motive, for His embrace is safe. That’s why it’s important that you learn how to worship and adore Him. Even if you were exposed to grown-up situations when you were a child, God can reverse what you’ve been through. Here’s what He told His people: “I passed by and saw you kicking about…and as you lay there…I said to you, ‘Live!’ I made you grow like a plant of the field. You grew up and developed and became…beautiful…I…covered your nakedness. I…entered into a covenant with you…and you became mine. I bathed you with water and washed the blood from you and put ointments on you. I clothed you with an embroidered dress and put leather sandals on you. I dressed you in fine linen and covered you with costly garments” (Eze 16:6-10 NIV). And God can do that for you too.