The Generous Gift of Life | Matthew 18:2-3 | Devotional
Matthew 18:2-3 He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Josh passed from this life…but he did not pass away. Jesus described Josh’s journey as a crossing over from death to life (John 5:24). Because of Josh’s child-like faith in Jesus, death was simply a transition. The moment he was absent from his body, he was present with the Lord (Philippians 1:23-24).
Jesus never describes faith as an intellectual exercise reserved the learned. Certainly, there is much value in serious study and challenging debate. We are to know what we believe and why we believe it. But the journey with Jesus always begins with the kind of simple trust of a child.
So at his memorial service, we talked about Josh’s first impressions of heaven. We talked about the things that were present and absent. We talked about the things he would be doing. And we talked about how everything would dim in the presence of Jesus…the Person and Object of Josh’s child-like faith.
Father, help us to not get full of ourselves and take ourselves too seriously. Help us to love you and follow hard after you with a child-like faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen.