by Stephanie Walker, Barrie Campus, Upstreet Leader’s Coach
Welcome to Day 18 of the 24 Day Devotion. So glad you’re joining us! Each day for 24 days as a church, we’re going to read one chapter of the Gospel of Luke and post a devotion on it.
If you’ve never read the Bible, we’re so glad you’re joining us. And if you read the Bible, we hope this helps you grow in your faith.
Need to catch up? Start at Luke 1 – Is The New Testament A Lie? and follow along. Today’s devotion is below.
READ Luke 18
on Luke 18: 15-17.
In this passage, parents are bringing their children to be blessed by Jesus and delighting in the manner that Jesus treats them.
He welcomes them with open arms.
As a parent, I imagine how attracted I would be to this display of affection and how I would want this for my children as well. These parents are witnessing their children walking into the presence of Jesus, the King, with no reservations or hang ups.
The little children have a joy that is not weighed down by the worries of this world. They are not self-conscious and very much live in the moment.
What parent doesn’t want their child to retain that wonder, uninhibited joy and confidence about the world?
The apostles, being adults with the worries and self-consciousness that come with age, think the children ‘are bothering The King, Jesus,’ and begin to turn the parents and children away. But Jesus tells the apostles to let the children stay and, in that moment, he teaches us something about what he wants for our lives.
He wants each of us to come to Him as a little child does – without fear and with complete trust that we are in His hands. He wants us to sing and dance with joy. He wants us to delight in the relationship He calls us to, one that will bring us ultimate happiness through his unconditional love for us.
But as adults, this is much harder than it is for innocent, trusting children.
Adults are required to humble themselves in order to fully trust that ‘God’s got this.’ We have spent many years rooted in our own control, taking credit for the fruits ‘we’ produce from the gifts God provides us. It’s so difficult it is for us to put our own ego aside and come to Jesus as a child.
Open and accepting of his love and grace.
When we come to Jesus we must check ourselves at the door. Truly surrendering our life to Christ requires us to be humble and understand we cannot depend on our own strength. Only God’s grace can sustain us.
What does it look like to have the faith of a child?
What are you struggling to control in your life?
Your family, your marriage or relationships, your job, your health?
Lift them in prayer to Jesus and ask him to help you release these problems and trust that he has your life in His control. He will hold you no matter what situations you may face. Only then can we experience the joyful faith of a child unencumbered by the weight of this world.
That God will help you relinquish your fight for control over things that only God can handle so that you can allow true peace to reside in your heart, peace that comes from authentic faith rooted in complete trust in God.