Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Belonging To God

“I must stay at your house today” (Jesus to Zacchaeus) - Luke 19:5
He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum” which means, “Little girl, get up!” (Jesus to Jairus daughter) – Mark 6:41

The call of Jesus upon our lives can be heard at any age. Baby John (the Baptiser) leaped for joy while he was still in his mother’s womb. Even before his birth he was filled with the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:15, 44). The same Holy Spirit moves in us today.

The disciples of Jesus often misunderstood what he was about. On one occasion they spoke sternly to the parents who were bringing little children to Jesus in order that he might touch them. What were the disciples thinking? The Kingdom of God belonged to these little children, but the adult disciples were preventing them from drawing near.

What was, and is, Jesus on about? Serious religion? Adults only? Difficult theology?

The story of Zacchaeus up in a tree, and being called by Jesus, is a favourite with children, all over the world. Similarly, the story of a dying 12-year-old girl – Jairus daughter - being restored to health by Jesus often deeply stirs the hearts of young children.

Be assured, that as the Living Jesus is proclaimed, he is himself speaking to the hearts of children, youth and adults. What a sad indictment, when church activity becomes suitable for adults only. Conversely, how lovely is youthfulness, blessed in Jesus Christ!

O Father, stir us anew to appreciate the simple yet profound working of the Spirit of Jesus in every person, in every secret heart.

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