But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

– Luke 18:16-17 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

The brilliance of the gospel shines forth again. When we look at belonging to God the criteria is not intellect or charisma. It is the simplicity of a childlike posture. Young children trust and obey their parents. To have knowledge is good, but there are times when knowledge gets in the way and puffs up into pride. Charisma is a powerful trait, but the charismatic person can be easily deceived with an image of himself or herself that is not accurate. To approach God as a child cuts through the traps of competence. It places our trust ultimately in our Father and not ourselves.

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