Such is the Kingdom of God

“We love Him because He first loved us.1 John 4:19

The stories of the two sons described in the last post described to some extent our Fathers’s love for His children, but what about our love for Him?

I am reminded of an incident years ago when my young granddaughter was celebrating her birthday with a party at a local bowling alley. At that time I owned an antique business and on that day I had no one that could watch my store. I reasoned that she had all of her friends, her parents, and her other grandparents with her; my presence would not be missed and I would see her in a few hours to give her our gifts. Nevertheless I couldn’t be at peace about missing her party despite the fact that I would need to close up the store- something I never did unless it was completely unavoidable.

I walked into the bowling alley looking for my granddaughter but it was packed with people and very noisy. Suddenly I heard, “Grandmaaaaaa!” As I turned around, there was my grandchild running the full width of the room with her arms outstretched and a blissful smile across her face-totally unaware of anyone but me. I couldn’t help but tear up as she fell into my arms, and I have never forgotten the joyful feeling I experienced in that moment.

Later, after leaving the party and settling down at home, I couldn’t get the picture of my granddaughter’s demonstration of love out of my mind. Jesus said, in Mt. 18:3, ” Truly I say to you, unless you turn and become like little children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” Mt. 19: 14 says, “Whoever humbles himself like this child is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.” I believe I gained some understanding that day about how our Heavenly Father must take great pleasure in our joyful demonstrations of love towards Him- may we always act out of humble, childlike hearts.