Jesus says that the kingdom of God belongs to those that are like children and that anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it. What did Jesus mean by this profound statement? How can we be child-like but not childish in our faith? What role do children play in the church and what does that say about the character of our God and the nature of his kingdom (both the already and the not yet)?
We’re going to look at an Old Testament story about a guy who had a lot to worry about. You can find the story in 1 Kings 19:1. Toward the end of the story, God asks this guy a question which is a phenomenal question. In fact, you might want to take this question and put it someplace where you can see it often, because it’s a question that can refocus your life and refocus your faith.
Worry is a pre-occupation with somehow wanting to control tomorrow or to find certainty in tomorrow. There’s never even been one minute in your life when you had any certainty about the future. We have to face the same challenges, the same difficulties as everybody else. The difference is how we respond. And Jesus is saying, “don’t respond like the people who don’t even believe there is a God.
Respond like people who have confidence in their Heavenly Father.
Worry is a devotion issue. Worry is a faith issue. Our emotions get attached to the things we are most devoted to. Jesus says the reason it is so difficult for you to pull away from worry and trust me with the uncertainty of tomorrow… the reason you are so devoted to and emotionally distraught over the issues of life, which are important issues…
the reason is, you are people of little faith.
So as we wrap up this series today, I want to present five ideas that have been diluted, and in some case polluted. There’s a lot of confusion about these five things because of the blending of the temple model and the Jesus model throughout history.
These are five things that if we could get them right, it would change our families, our communities, our nation, our world. Because Christianity would become as irresistible as it was when Christianity was a minority religion, with no power, no authority…nothing but a risen Savior, and this powerful ethic that says I’m going to treat you like my heavenly Father, through Jesus, treated me.