“God sent his Son, born of a woman, … so that we might receive adoption as children.” We are not slaves but children of the King of Kings. As Savior, Jesus names us daughter and son. When teaching, Jesus often pointed to children and told adults to be like them.How is being childlike part of salvation?
Freedom. Children naturally play, risking the new. Step outside the box. Move about. See if it and how it works.God is always inviting us into more. Childlike freedom furthers our becoming.
Perspective. A serious, adult sensibility can be stifling. Get down, get up close. Look to the low, little, seemingly small or insignificant. This is where we often see God. Stay with what you see. Gaze. Imagine.
Belonging. We cry Abba. Father. God cries: Daughter. Son. You are my beloved, in whom I am well-pleased. We belong to the King of Kings, dearly loved as we are. Children, receiving love, relax into it, savor, and trust.
As Savior, Jesus names us beloved children. A childlike freedom, perspective, and belonging furthers our salvation. In this new year, listen for God’s invitations to step out and risk, to look low, and to relax into love.
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