I want you for just one second to picture yourself as the greatest success that you can imagine. What does that look like? I want to suggest that God has a different picture than whatever your vision is. God has a different picture of what you, at your most successful, looks like. I believe with all of my heart that the greatest success of your adult life is to change and become like a well-loved child, like your Father's child!
Much of what you think is "God" may actually just be religious culture. There is a kingdom right behind the veil from where God is reaching out to us through Jesus and we have to break through the veil of human religion, human legalism and human practice and that's where the kingdom comes!
There is "human religion" and then there is the Kingdom of Heaven. There's what we can see with our physical eyes and there's an eternal reality we cannot see. There's what we think is God and there's what is God. There's what we think is true and there's what is true. I want you to just understand that in the religions of men and women, do not automatically assume that those are the same as the kingdom of God!
The kingdom of God is right here around us yet most of us cannot perceive it. Again it's like this room being filled with AM and FM radio waves, there music of every kind playing at this very moment but we're not tuned in! The most dangerous place to be is getting used to hearing and able to ignore. We're used to hearing about the love of God but then we're able to go about our lives the same old dead adult way and it's wrong, it's dead and it's not the kingdom of God that has come. It may be religion and the culture of what you see all around you, but it is not the Kingdom of Heaven come to earth in Christ!
There is an eternal unseen kingdom that is so close to you that you wouldn't believe it, but God wants you to and here's how you get there:
Jesus said something in Matthew 18:3, and it is the key to the kingdom of God. "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven."
Let that sink in. To all the "religious people" who wear robes, have titles and power and use it against - Jesus would say change! You're not on the right track, you have to change and completely become like a little child. In fact, unless you do, you will never see the kingdom of Heaven. So, what Jesus is doing is reversing the whole course of life in a broken world -He's redeeming it!
All kind of crazy things happen as we grow up and there's a deadening of the soul as we continue to walk this path of adulthood in a broken world. We begin life as a little child but along the way we lose our 'kid' and we lose our wonder. We lose our joy and we become self conscience and self critical. We become power seeking and power reaching. We begin to learn racism and classism. We begin to think about ourselves instead of others. We're so eager to grow up and what happens to us is life sucking. It's deadening and we start to carry the weight of the world on our shoulders, but Jesus says I'm going to reverse the whole course of life for you!
In Matthew 11:28, "Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yolk upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yolk is easy and my burden is light." Jesus was speaking to all the adults who were dead in wonder.
"Come to me" - you gotta take the step! You can't sit back and wait for something else to happen! The ball is in your court, stop waiting for God to make a move when He's already moved all of hell out of your way in the cross!
You were never designed to carry the weight of this broken world.
You were never designed to carry the weight of what God died to bear for you!
Guys, we are the children of God if we have become followers of Jesus and fellow brothers and sisters of Jesus who is the Son. Jesus made us sons and Paul says He sent The Spirit of His son into our hearts! This is not a metaphor this is a defining reality. The spirit who calls out "Abba, Father." It is an Aramaic term, it really doesn't mean father, it means "daddy," and The Spirit of the son lives inside of you if you're a follower of Jesus!
According to Galatians 5:22-23, This is what the spirit produces when the spirit is inside of you, "Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." --That's what the spirit of God produces!
You and I have to choose whether we're going to listen soul deep to Jesus and live letting the Father carry the burdens of life or whether we're going to listen to ourselves and die carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders. You see when we've become broken by God, we become children who humbly and wholeheartedly place themselves under Jesus' Infinite authority and Jesus said "Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest." -Dr. Drew Shofner