GENERATIONAL POSITIVES (GP) Part I-Be
Luke18: 16-17 вЂњLet the little children come to MeвЂ¦whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.вЂќ
In the above two verses we learn a lot about Jesus. We learn of His love for very young children. The children were coming freely to Jesus to receive from Him. People were bringing their babies just hoping that Jesus would touch them. And, Jesus did!
But Jesus wanted something from and for the parents, teachers and leaders as well. He wanted the adults to be just as interested in being touched by God as the children. Think for a moment with me, Jesus a grown man, here on earth, saying, you bigheads become like the little children. And the big grown children just like you and I were sitting and standing and looking at this man, probably thinking вЂњHe is strange.вЂќ
And, I believe He was and is a little strange in our world as well. He wants us to become trusting and happy, innocent as children and harmless as a dove and wise as a serpent. (Matthew 10:16)
I am thinking as I write in the wee hours of the morning, what kind of person is this, child, dove, and serpent? The psych departments would have us quickly medicated if we didnвЂ™t know ourselves.
So, we need to psych ourselves up and urge oneself on to the mark of the high calling and that is to be a (GP).
In our recent series on generational negatives (GN) we talked about вЂњPassivity in Part IвЂќ , вЂњObedience in Part IIвЂќ, and вЂњPart III Trust.вЂќ See recent articles.
See Part I
See Part II
See Part III
With the above three (GNвЂ™s) in our arsenal we are in a position to be (GP).
Most of us reading this probably in a real big way would like to receive the benefits (GP) of the Kingdom of God.
Coming to Jesus as a little child and allowing Him to touch us for all we need is a major undertaking for some of us, donвЂ™t you think?
In Luke 11:1, (also found in Matthew 6, the LordвЂ™s Prayer), JesusвЂ™ disciples were inquiring of Him on various matters and asking him, вЂњMaster, teach us to prayвЂќ. Jesus in some way again speaking like a little trusting child says, вЂњask God to give you all the food you need for each day. Ask God to forgive you of all your offenses and you forgive others that have offended you of theirs. Tell God about how beautiful He is and how magnificent you think the world is He has created. Heaven has wonderful things and ask God to just give them to you here on earth so you can enjoy them.вЂќ
Jesus here and always seems to be instructing us to вЂњBe Positive.вЂќ Be a GP. DonвЂ™t grow up and become a (GN).
Look for (GP) Part II and III, hopefully and prayerfully, over the Holidays.