Monday, November 21, 2011

Go Low

I saw a short vision of a “dutch door” in my mind. We’ve all seen dutch doors. They are doors that inhibit children from escaping out of the church nursery. It is a door with two half doors hanging within a single door frame. There is one door on top and one door on the bottom that is usually closed.   However, in the vision/picture that I saw, the top door was actually closed and the bottom door was wide open for people to enter.

Matthew chapter 18 records a question posed by the disciples of Jesus that asked who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?  Jesus, astonishing His followers, called a small child to Himself, set him before them, and answered, Truly I say to you unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.  Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 

According to the words of Jesus, the door to the kingdom of heaven is kind of like a dutch door with the bottom one open, and the greatest of all adults are the one’s who humble themselves, bend low and become child-like.   

As adults we teach kids, but Jesus says here that we should also be learning from our Children if we want to enter His kingdom. My wife and I have 5 children and here are a few things I’ve observed from our kids:

 They don’t over-think things
 They rarely worry
 They dance wildly and don’t care what others think
 They implicitly trust that their parents will provide for them
 They forgive quickly and don’t hold onto the past
 They laugh as much as they are serious.
 They don’t judge others.
 They have as much fun as humanly possible
 They are not complicated. 
 They spend zero time looking in a mirror at themselves
 They love being around their father

Just taking these few things and applying them to our lives would create not only entrance into the kingdom, but days full of joy and peace. 

Jesus modeled this same child-likeness while being the most manly-man that ever lived.  He bowed low and entered through every low door presented to Him.  He set aside all of His glory in heaven and actually entered as a child (baby) into the world.  He came to serve rather than to be served. He followed His Father into every adventure He led Him into.  He cared more about what His father thought than anyone else did and He so enjoyed His Dad that He often slipped away from the crowds to be with Him.  Even in His final day on earth, Jesus stripped his garments off, bent down and washed the dust from the feet of those following him; hours later becoming the Door whereby all who dare to bow low would enter and be saved (John 10:9). 

- Matt Peterson

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