Minister's Minute: Downsizing you

I have read the bible many times in my life and nowhere are we told to be God’s “adults.” Instead, we’re constantly called God’s children and we are invited into a new life of being God’s “children.”

This is how the urban dictionary defines an adult: A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in the middle. An adult tends to be self-sufficient, should be hyper-responsible, unfortunately prideful, kind of boring, full of “shoulds,” and closed-hearted.

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Kids tend to be dependent on others, trusting, full of life, excited about the future, free from guilt and condemnation, full of desire, open-hearted and believe anything is possible.

We often take on too many of the negative characteristics of adults in our Christian walk. Ask yourself: Have I become too much of an adult in my relationship with God? I have, and I don’t like it.

So what are we to do? Downsize you!

Move down — make yourself smaller so that you can see how much bigger God is and discover what it means to be free and walk confident of His care. This downsizing is the only way to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Not only one day when you die but right now while you are still alive and kicking.

“Matthew 18:3 Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” - Jesus

Look around you. See all those burdened, tame, exhausted adults? That’s not Jesus’ vision. Jesus came to set us free. He calls us to the rewarding risk of “turning” (moving away from up to the direction of down) to become like children.

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