like a child
Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it (Luke 18:17).
The above quote begs the question, “How then will the sophisticated enter the kingdom of heaven?” You know, the refined, the cultured, the learned, the “suppress all emotions and appear calm and collected” crowd- How will they enter?
Jesus contrasts the self-righteous and the pure of heart in this passage of Scripture, and immediately I am reminded of King David. At the time of the successful return of the ark of God into Jerusalem, David worshipped with all of his might before the Lord. He led the processional of priests with loud exaltations and dancing. Let’s take a look back at the scene described in 2 Samuel 6. Michal, David’s wife, scorns him for his abandonment of sophistication and sarcastically says, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!”
David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when He appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel- I will celebrate before the Lord. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.”
And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death. (2 Samuel 6: 20-23).
Interesting… the one who despises another who freely worships His God with child-like abandonment is herself unable to conceive a child.
Imagine that you are at an outdoor concert and a little tot goes up near the stage and dances with all his strength. What do you and other concert attendees do? You stop and watch him enjoy the music. You smile and laugh because his freedom is so attractive. The refinement that we adults express restrains us, and so we live vicariously through this little one with no inhibitions.
Are you ready to break forth or are you content to remained imprisoned? I say, break forth! Let the Holy Spirit move you to sing, dance and shout like King David did. Let the Holy Spirit move you into the kingdom of God- like a child.