Monday, October 5, 2015

Mark 10:15 (NRSV): Simplicity of Faith

Mark 10:15 (NRSV): Simplicity of Faith

“Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.”

In first-century Palestine, children were seen as parental property, voiceless beings expected to show devoted obedience.  Although marginalized, Children then were no different from children today -- impartial, innocent, and full of trusting love.  An adult, on the other hand, adopts a critical, callous point of view of the world.  In an adult-like manner, we question, doubt, and readily claim our self righteousness in matters of faith. But Jesus demands that we receive the kingdom of God as children. We must, therefore, slough off the facade of egotism and pride and open our minds and hearts to the truth of the gospel: God loves us so much that even while we are steeped in our own sins, Christ died for each of us (Romans 5:8). Receiving the kingdom of God as a child means having humble faith, loving God with an innocent heart, and loving our neighbor with impartiality.  When we live as children of God, looking up to Him with total dependence and trust, we “receive the kingdom of God.” I pray that our lives reflect Christ’s love and light to others.

May you all be blessed and encouraged in the love and peace of Christ.  

Stan