For Such IS the Kingdom of Heaven!
“13 And they kept bringing young children to Him that He might touch them, and the disciples were reproving them [for it]. 14 But when Jesus saw [it], He was indignant and pained and said to them, Allow the children to come to Me—do not forbid or prevent or hinder them—for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15 Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive and accept and welcome the kingdom of God like a little child [does] positively shall not enter it at all.16 And He took them [the children up one by one] in His arms and [fervently invoked a] blessing, placing His hands upon them.”
This statement made by Jesus Christ Who had descended from heaven to live on earth with mankind, perfectly (in wholeness) represented the nature of the Heavenly Father said, “For such is the Kingdom of Heaven”, HE knew exactly what HE was talking about!
So let’s see just what this statement means so that we are clear on two things, WHO He is talking about and WHAT Heaven looks like! To enter the realm of that dominion so that it may be represented to and through us, we have to come as little children!
First thing said is “for such”, meaning this is the type or model of something.
Next word “IS”…which conotates or implies of what something in the now looks like, something made up of…
“Kingdom OF Heaven” is a governmental celestial location, a dominion of celestial, supernatural nature but very, very real!
The model of something in the now, made up of in a dominion/ governmental celestial, supernatural nature and place.
This location and dominion is where our Heavenly Father and Jesus is seated! This is OUR destiny… Heaven and where, as born again believers, followers of Jesus Christ, we are also seated with Him! *Ephesians 2:6-7 “6 And He raised us up together with Him [when we believed], and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, [because we are] in Christ Jesus, 7 [and He did this] so that in the ages to come He might [clearly] show the immeasurable and unsurpassed riches of His grace in [His] kindness toward us in Christ Jesus [by providing for our redemption].”
SO…the Father wants it demonstrated on earth!
WHO is it that Jesus is referring? Children of the Most High…and in this instance “for such is the Kingdom of Heaven”, He IS referencing little children!
Why children? I am so glad you asked…..
Let’s see what the Word says about what GOD our Heavenly Father THINKS about or says about “children” so we actually have a bigger picture rather than just tossing it out saying “oh it means being like a kid”, not exactly but yes in a way. A child at heart is not the same as being “childish”.
First off turn to Psalms 127:3 “Behold, children are a heritage and gift from the Lord, The fruit of the womb a reward.”
So children are a “gift” from God the Father. This means HE had them first! He had US first…we came from out of the Father as spirits then knit together in our mother’s womb *see Psalms 139:13*.
This would mean that each life is certainly a gift and very precious to the Father. So as His child, you and I are precious gifts from Him.
As a “gift” from the Father of Himself, made in Their image (Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit); we need to recognize in ourselves and others that there is a piece of HIM that NO OTHER will ever carry that we need to see come to full expression on earth otherwise, we miss a part of HIM that won’t be in another person because it came in that package when He sent that little spirit into that mother’s womb! EACH of us have a portion of Him no other will ever be able to demonstrate and it won’t be seen until it is “cleaned up” and shining! You cannot see a diamond if you leave it in the dirt. But you must value the fact it’s their when in process of cleaning and chipping or you may destroy that diamond’s value…that is where words and bad situations that are not lined up with the Word and Will of Heavenly Father, like in heaven…can harm a child and an adult carries that wound until its healed! Can you see the value of a human life…yours as well as others?
We are also a heritage. Heritage=status or condition being born into a particular family. IN this case…it says that we are a heritage FROM the Lord.
This implies it is HIS family! We started out as in His family and then like the first man and woman we are in a garden where choices must be made and when a child reaches that age where accountability is, they make a life choice as to who they will follow in their hearts.
We are either then IN His family or have become prodigal= spendthrift or extravagant to a degree bordering on recklessness; extravagantly wasteful. Wasteful of what? Our inheritance because of recklessness in our choice or choices that was not God. Lost from Him and the Truth and distanced from life by embracing death and destructive behaviors that lead away from His Kingdom, Dominion where HIS family dwells and will dwell eternally WITH Him. And His will, is for His Kingdom to be demonstrated here on earth.
Back to children to where Jesus said “For such is the Kingdom of Heaven”. HE had admonished His disciples because they were going to keep the kids from Him and His reply was that this is what the Kingdom of Heaven looks like! Kids love adventure, fun, joy, laughter, playtime, friends…love to learn because they are curious and eager.
The fact is, children can only sit so long before they want to “try it” for themselves. I can give an example of that from years of working with kids of all ages…especially the younger ones who had the most to learn FROM.
I remember on one of our “great adventures” (a walk outside) I plucked up a blade of grass and wrapped it over my hand and fingers and blew upon it making a flute like sound. The children were so excited, they asked me to “do it again!” I did and then it happened…. “me too, I want to do it, show me!” I showed them and off they went trying to blow upon the blade to make the sound and they were so excited!
THIS is what children do and how they respond. “For such IS the Kingdom of Heaven”.
They don’t just want to hear about all the great things about it, they want to “do it” too! NO one had to tell them that getting close to Jesus would be awesome, they ran for Him wanting to jump in His arms and sit on His lap no doubt!! It is a childlike response to hearing about the long awaited Messiah Who could do amazing things! They wanted to be with Him and do it too!
I recently heard Bill Johnson say something along this line that is quite fitting here… “Live childlike in process of maturing spiritually”.
Right on! Personal experience and adventure with the Lord IS childlike! Children LOVE adventure, it is why I always called going outside a “great adventure” because they LOVE to experience adventure!
The childlike heart of a follower of Christ will hunger to know Him by reading the Word and asking Holy Spirit to teach them so they can experience Him. They will want to not just hear about the testimonies they WANT to “DO” them because they truly “BELIEVE” and are eager to experience Him in them!
I have said this a bunch of time, the Hebrew word for “believe” means to trust AND do! Children have NO problem “believing”!
Children are not fearful by nature but adventurous, happy, curious, loving and affectionate. And also…. creative! They can express the Heavenly Father in such profound ways of their amazing simplicity that will rivet most adults!
Here is another example where working with children really had a profound spiritual impact in my adult life!
I had some things happen that were disheartening and I was pondering if I had messed up and not “feeling” very loved at the moment when this little fellow of 4yr old (one of my students) came up to me and said to me, “Ms. Lynn do you know how much I love you?” I smiled and said no….and he threw his little head back and flung open his arms standing there he said, “This much!” He hugged me smiled and ran off to play!
I had tears in my eyes and heard My Heavenly Father say, “THAT is how much I loved you” and I saw Jesus on the cross!
He gave me a song from that and my heart was changed from the place where the enemy was trying to take me to the place where I am seated WITH Christ Jesus NOW!
The enemy is always trying to steal from us by knocking us out of the position God has given us here walking in belief that all things are possible with God and that HE has given us tools to overcome every situation and circumstance! WHY? Because we ARE seated with Christ in Heavenly places and are given tools to knock the devil out of our circumstances and situations by praise… remember, for such is the Kingdom of Heaven? Children are praisers! In fact the word says that they have perfect praise and HE establishes strength in His praise to silence the enemy!
Psalms 8:3 it’s IN the Word!! “Out of the mouths of infants and nursing babes You have established strength Because of Your adversaries, That You might silence the enemy and make the revengeful cease.”
Out of the mouth of a young child and/or infant the Lord grounded/established “POWER” (praise) to cause to cease the adversary/enemy! WOW!
There is much, much more to share on that point alone but what is the take away in this message this NOW word for us in 2016?
- Recognize your value and others value.
- Run to the arms and lap of Jesus to know Him by reading the Word, engage Holy Spirit as your Teacher even when you have heard from an earthly teacher, take this and your bible before the Lord and ask for the revelation with understanding! To KNOW Him, not just know “about” Him!
- Praise no matter what…choose to respond with “Lord, no matter what has happened or is happening or has been said/spoken to me or over me about my life, I KNOW You have something great in mind because YOU have given me a hope and a future to not harm me but prosper me, for my good! Thank You Lord that YOU have a plan to turn the table on the enemy in this situation and/or circumstance!” HALLELUJAH!
- Demonstrate what you read…learned …heard (testimonies of)! Just be like a kid and “DO IT”! Like my little ones who said ….I wanna do it ….show me how”. Do what Jesus did, just lay hands on the sick and off you go! Pray for healing, stop storms, RUN this race in every way JESUS said we could (John 14:12) without doubt or unbelief, without fear or cowardice! Don’t shrink back when you may not right away see a desired result…get up and dust yourself off ask Him to orchestrate it again so you can “do it again” with Him in Jesus name!
The children ran TO Jesus with no fear and had eager expectation…they had a sense of adventure to experience not just “read about it or just hear it only”, learn and do! SUCH is the Kingdom of Heaven beloved!
OH and BTW, children LOVE to play together, have FUN, full of hope and joy and love….they don’t hold grudges and forgive easily as well as forget offenses!!! May we be like the children we ARE created to be living to the fullest the part of our Heavenly Father that HE put in us so all the world can see that part of HIM in each of US! THIS beloved IS the manifestation of the Sons and Daughters of the King of Glory upon the earth!!! THE whole earth itself is groaning to see this…will you choose to “Rise and Shine and give God the glory glory, rise and shine and give God the glory glory RISE and SHINE and GIVE GOD the glory glory children of the Lord!”
Blessings and Shalom CHILDREN of the MOST HIGH!
Rev. Lori Lynn