Author Rev. Kelly R. Jackson has released his latest work, “An Understanding with God: Developing a relationship with God on His terms”. Below, you can read an excerpt from this inspired wok. To purchase your copy, check the links below!
No room for grown folks
Part of the struggle is due to the fact that we often apply a worldly view to spiritual things. For example, the world tells us that after a certain age, we’re grown. In fact, even the Bible tells us that there’s a certain point in one’s life where they should leave home and begin their own family (Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:4-6). It seems to be saying that at some point, you have to be grown and on your own. While it may seem that the Bible is backing up a fleshly perspective, let’s examine that further.
While the world will tell you that you’re grown and on your own, it also tells you that you don’t have to submit to anyone when you’ve reached that state. The world teaches us that we only need to submit to earthly authorities, such as law enforcement, bosses on the job, and so on. And even in some of those instances, the world will teach you how to circumvent the rules.
However, that isn’t the case with God’s Word. While the Bible does tell mankind that there is a point in life when we are to leave home, there is never a point in the Bible where we’re told that we no longer need God’s authority or to ignore Him when we disagree with what He’s telling us. In fact, the only time we are to ignore earthly “authorities” is when it goes against God’s Word and His authority. At all times, Christians are to be submissive to God’s will, His authority, His Word and His way.
The issue here is that grown folks feel the need to do grown folks things. They don’t feel the need to submit to anyone else’s way, will or direction unless they agree with it. So when it comes to leaning to God’s understanding and not our own, we must become as little children because children are dependent upon their parents or some other authority figure for guidance.
I’ve often stating while teaching that God doesn’t have any grown children, and if anyone within the body of Christ feels as if they’re grown, they should stop asking for things from their parent God. Grown folks take care of themselves without assistance. So even if you’re praying to God to move in someone else’s heart so that you might have favor, you’re not grown! When you run into trouble, you’re still calling on Daddy. And if you’re a Christian, you ought to be alright with that.
Being childlike is to be humble. Again, it is to be under the direction of someone else. It is to be dependent upon someone else’s understanding and not your own. Consider Matthew 18:1-4. I had the pleasure of preaching from this text on Youth Day at my home church some time ago. I used two subjects, one for the youth and one for the “grown folks”. My subject for the youth was “If God be for you, who can be against you?” However, my subject for the “grown folks” was “Stay in a child’s place”. Let’s examine the text.
18:1-2 – 1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?
2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them (KJV)
Right away, we have grown folks questioning Jesus about positions. Who will be the greatest? Who will head all of the auxiliaries? Who’s going to be the pastor’s right hand man? Who’s gonna have the best seat in Heaven? Knowing their hearts, Jesus not only begins teaching humility, He uses a visual aide. And because I believe that nothing should be added to the Word of God or taken away from it (Revelation 22:18-19), as I read this text, I see nothing that states that there was any hesitation on the part of the child to come to Jesus when called. The child simply came to Jesus. How many of us have such obedience in our spirit? How many of us can simply, humbly and willingly follow the direction of Jesus?
18:3-4 – 3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except you be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven
4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven (KJV)
Here, Jesus addresses an “I’m grown” spirit and tells the disciples that they must be converted and become childlike in order to be great in Heaven. So we must consider the attributes of the child in this text: little, obedient and humble. If we are really God’s children, we should all assume these attributes. We must shrink in order to be elevated. Doing this will enable us to follow God’s lead and lean on His understanding, while turning away from our own.
One of the greatest challenges facing today’s Christian is the silencing of our own voices in favor of listening to God’s. This challenge is felt in the everyday life of the Christian, as well as how we have begun to operate and conduct ourselves within the church as a whole. With “An Understanding with God: Developing a relationship with God on His terms”, Rev. Kelly R. Jackson offers a practical guide to resisting the desire to do things your own way, while allowing God to lead and guide you. Based on Proverbs 3:5-7, “An Understanding with God” is a powerful statement for spiritual living both within and outside of the church, delivered in a manner that Christians at any stage of their walk with Christ can receive and apply to their lives.
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