Jesus called over a child, whom he stood in the middle of the room, and said, “I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom. (Matthew 18:2-5, MSG)
Consider that the first bonding that an infant experiences is with his or her parents. For the rest of their lives, they will compare relationships with this parental relationship – be it a positive or negative comparison.
This is what Jesus asks us to do – return to this parental relationship with God. The love parents give their children should reflect the love God has for us, His Children. It is true that this is a huge responsibility for parents, and parents often fail. It can be very difficult for children to come to terms with the failure, and perceived failures, of their parents.
But Jesus wants us to know that God never fails. We can always come to God as the Loving, Nurturing Parent and God will always be there to give comfort and assurance in our most troubling times, as well as to share our joy in the bright moments of life.
How does thinking about your parents help you understand God?