messy maturity


devotional post # 2025

Luke 18:15-17

Luk 18:15 But they were even bringing their babies to him for him to touch. But when the disciples saw this, they began to object to those who brought them.
Luk 18:16 But Jesus called for the children, saying, “Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Luk 18:17 I tell you the truth, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”

messy maturity

The disciples at first were discouraging the people from taking their children to Jesus to be blessed. They did not think that Jesus had time in his busy schedule. Taking care of the children — they thought — should be delegated to underlings, not the Lord himself.

But Jesus used that opportunity to once again talk about the attitude of total submission required to mature into a kingdom citizen. Total dependence upon Christ is essential, and that gets messy.

LORD, mature us, no matter how messy it gets.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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