Day 19

Matthew 18:2-5

2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

Watching my children grow up and become more self-sufficient makes it easy to forget how dependent they were when they were younger. Babies that need everything to survive become walking, talking, little people. Then, eventually they become teenagers and, one day, adults. It still amazes me to see my youngest child get himself ready in the mornings -- pour his own bowl of cereal -- realizing that not too many years ago he was a “helpless” newborn.

When I read the verses above I am reminded as a mature adult, from a worldly perspective, I am pretty much self-sufficient. My husband and I are employed; we can purchase the things we need (and don’t need). I still have my health. I have a loving church family. But the key word in the first sentence of this paragraph is “worldly.”

The reality is God is my provider. Jesus is the reason I am acceptable to God although I am not worthy of God. I am not really self-sufficient without Him. I am dependent on God for everything, just as my children are dependent on me for survival.

As adults, we can become too self-sufficient and have too big of an ego. I pray God will help us to focus on Him in a childlike way, realizing we are dependent on Him for everything that matters. Do you realize your dependence on God?