“Jesus called a little child to his side and set him on his feet in the middle of them all. ‘Believe me,’ he said, ‘unless you change your whole outlook and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven. It is the man who can be as humble as this little child who is greatest in the kingdom of Heaven.’” (Matthew 18: 2-4, JB Phillips New Testament)
Jesus was telling us the Way. He saw the innocence of the child, the humble openness, as the right disposition to experience heaven.
And this childlikeness is not something lost to us over time, nor is our heaven in the future, some afterlife that we will get to if we behave ourselves and obey the human rules of living. This right outlook is something we can choose in each moment. As we yield our judgment and our assumptions about ourselves and life and remember and claim that natural receptivity of a child, we can begin to live that heaven, that harmonious experience.
Because being great in the kingdom of heaven is becoming conscious of who we are. The power is not personal greatness, but it is knowing our relationship with God, our oneness with Him, with Life and Love. It is through our awareness of God’s constant care—that Fathering and Mothering that has never and can never leave us—that we are able to play in life as well as progress.
We have to and can release the ego that thinks it knows how to make it or thinks it can’t make it, to the divine Mother-Father Who is confidently, consistently, consciously revealing aspects of heaven every moment to your wide and willing child eyes!
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