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Childlikeness

Luke 18:17

I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it. (NIV84)

"I tell you the truth...", Jesus said this phrase seventy-eight times in the New International Version of the Gospels; seventy-eight times. Every time you see those words you should stop, and pay very close attention. Jesus said those words so that you would know that you should really stop, listen to the words, and strive to understand, because the understanding is vital.

It is very easy to skim past the above passage and not consider its meaning. The meaning of this passage does not fit into anyone's church doctrine. I have never heard anyone teach the fundamentals of Christian doctrine by saying that:

  1. You must accept Jesus Christ as having come from God.
  2. That he died for your sins on the cross to pay the price for your sins.
  3. That he was buried, and that he was justified and on the third day he arose from the grave.
  4. You must repent and be baptized into his name.
  5. You must receive all of this, and everything else God has to say, like a little child.

Receive the Kingdom of God like a little child

Do you see what I mean? number five is just not mentioned, but Jesus said it was a must. People just totally ignore this "childlikeness," as though Jesus never said it, but take note that Jesus did say that unless a person receives the kingdom of God like a little child they will never receive it. It is a critical aspect of salvation from eternal death. Unless you read the Bible, receiving its words like a little child, you will never get into heaven. Is that clear enough? Do you believe it? This is the truth from the Master's own lips.

So, what does it mean to receive the Kingdom of God like a little child? Ah, now that is the question. This is the very question that you should ask. When ever you see the phrase, "I tell you the truth..." you should then slow down and listen very carefully, and ask the question, "What does Jesus mean?"

Let us first define "little child." How little? you might be wondering.

A little while back I was watching a show on the television. It was called, I believe, The Intimate Universe: The Human Body. A very interesting statement was made during the portion about puberty. They told a story about a man who had a very sick wife. She was going to die unless she received some medicine, but the medicine cost one thousand dollars, and the man just didn't have the money. So the man stole either the money to buy the medicine, or the medicine, (I don't remember which, but it doesn't matter), and gave the medicine to his wife and she got better. Now, they told this story to some pre-adolescents, and some teenagers, and asked the children what they thought about what the man had done. The response immediately brought the above Scripture to my mind. The preadolescents all thought that the man had done wrong, because stealing was wrong; plain and simple. But the teenagers all felt that the "sin" of stealing was justified because the life of his wife hung in the balance.

So, I think that we can safely understand that a little child is a preadolescent child, that is, a child under the age of, say, ten or eleven, and maybe a little older for boys. I do not believe that there is a low end of the age scale. An infant qualifies just fine.

Now, the quality that Jesus is referring to concerning the little child is what we saw in the above story, and that is, the simple unquestioning belief that what they were taught by their parents is right. "Don't take things that don't belong to you!" A little child is taught this by his or her parents, and the little child does not question whether or not this is right. In the little child's mind, he or she was taught this by his or her parents, and because the parents taught them that, then they know taking things that don't belong to them is wrong, and that is that. It is as simple as that.

A little child will believe anything that their parents tell them; anything at all. This is exactly how you must receive the words that come from the mouth of God, that is, your spiritual parent.

Matthew 4:1-10

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."

4 Jesus answered, "It is written: "Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"

5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down. For it is written: ""He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'"

7 Jesus answered him, "It is also written: "Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'"

8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 "All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me."

10 Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: "Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.' (NIV84)

We can see from this passage that Jesus' attitude toward the Holy Scriptures was a childlike acceptance that every word is the simple and direct truth that should never be wavered from. Jesus' reaction to Satan's temptations is very similar to the preadolescent's in the above story. Satan tried to get Jesus to reason, but Jesus held with what he was taught by his Father, that is, what he had read in the Scriptures.

Your attitude, my friend, must be exactly like Jesus'. You must believe that the Bible is the very words of God. You must not question whether or not the Bible is speaking the truth. You must listen to God's instruction and obey. However, you must listen to what the Spirit is saying to you, and not to some doctrine. There is a very fine line between listening to God and listening to false doctrines. Please pay very close attention to what I am now saying. It is a very subtle thing, but the importance is great. The Bible means what God says that it means, and not what you or anyone else says it means. You must read the Bible for yourself, and listen to what the Spirit says concerning the Scriptures. You must do this with wide-eyed innocent faith in its truthfulness, just like a little child listens to his or her mother and father. These are not my words, rather this is the Word of the Lord. This is what Jesus is saying when he says that you must receive the kingdom of God like a little child, or you will never enter it.

Now, there are many people that are very zealous for the Scriptures, but they do not know the Lord. It looks like they know what they're talking about, but they're deceived, and they are leading many others down the path that leads to the Pit.

Like a Little Child

John 5:36-40

I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the very work that the Father has given me to finish, and which I am doing, testifies that the Father has sent me. 37 And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form, 38 nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent. 39 You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life. (NIV84)

Jesus spoke these words to some zealous Jews that wanted to kill Jesus because he healed someone on the Sabbath. Now these Jews were very religious. They read the Scriptures constantly and went to "church" all the time. Everyone in the community thought that they were "saved and going to heaven", as it were, but they were on their way to Hell.

Do you see? my friend, that what sometimes seems like the right way, is the wrong way?

Proverbs 14:12

There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. (NIV84)

Praying the "sinner's prayer," getting baptized, and going to church, might seem like the right thing to do, but it is no different than what those Jews that wanted to kill Jesus were doing. It is meaningless if you don't also have a true and living relationship with God, that is, with the Bible. And, having a relationship with God through the Bible is not the same thing as reading the Bible and building up doctrines. That is why Jesus told the Jews, that they were reading the Scriptures, but to no avail.

The Right Way, and the Wrong Way

The Right Way

Let us consider how a child learns from his or her parents. A child never intentionally tries to learn; things just sort of seep in. A child listens to, and believes, everything that his or her parents say. This, "believing" is very important. They must believe everything or they will never learn. They believe, but they don't necessarily understand everything. If the child listens and obeys his or her parents then understanding will follow in the course of time.

Mark 4:26-29

He also said, "This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28 All by itself the soil produces grain -- first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. 29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come. (NIV84)

Listen to everything that God has to say

In this parable the seeds that are scattered are the words that you read in the Bible. The ground is your heart. It really isn't up to you to make the Word come alive in you. You must plant the seeds, that is, read the words without rationalizing them, and God will make them grow, if you are willing to believe what God reveals to you.

The key to understanding what this means is that you read and accept what the Bible says, and do not read selected passages that "prove" some doctrine, while ignoring other passages that are "problem passages." You listen to everything that God has to say, like a little child, never doubting that he is speaking the truth, and the understanding grows within your heart by God's power.

Let us walk through an example. Now, you have been reading your Bible, and talking to others about what things mean, and someone tells you that once you confess Jesus as your Lord and Savior that you are held in Christ by God's power, and you never need worry about whether or not you are going to heaven. This doctrine is commonly called, "Once saved, always saved." Now, understand that this is a doctrine and not Scripture, and what that means is that this is an understanding that is built up out of Scriptures, but is not actually in the Bible. What I mean by this is that nowhere in the Bible does it say "Once saved, always saved." I am not saying that just because it is not in the Bible, worded that way, that for that reason it's not true. Many doctrines are true, but most are not.

Now in the course of time, during your fellowship time with God, that is, during the time that you're reading the Bible, you run across the following passage:

Matthew 24:10-13

At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. (NIV84)

This passage is very clear about the fact that many people that had been in the faith, will fall away from the faith, so the idea that you can't fall away is wrong. This is simple and it is clear. The doctrine of, "Once saved, always saved," doesn't stand up to Scripture.

Now suppose that later your friend shows you the following passage:

Romans 8:35-39

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NIV84)

Then your friend says to you; "See? nothing can separate you from Christ, so "Once saved, always saved!"

Every Scripture in the Bible is true. One is not more true than another. God does not mean one thing here, and then later change his mind and mean something else later. You can not conveniently put Matthew 24:10-13 aside just because it doesn't fit your doctrine. You must alter your doctrine.

Notice very carefully that nowhere in that passage (Romans 8:35-39), does it say that you cannot be separated. It says nothing can separate you, that is, nothing from the outside can separate you, but you can walk away under your own power. Satan did, Cain did, king Solomon did, but each of these and however many more there may be, all walked away from God by their own actions.

Now, my point is not to discuss this, "Once saved, always saved," doctrine. My point is that you read every word from the mouth of God with equal conviction that they are true, and when something that you hold to be true doesn't fit what you are reading then keep looking at it, and pray and ask the Father to enlighten you. The aim is to understand how both passages can be true. They most definitely are, but unless you try to understand how that can be so, you will not have an accurate understanding of the Scriptures.

The point is, you must put God in the place of "Teacher", and you in the place of "Student that doesn't yet know everything." God is the Father, and you are the little child. If you arrogantly think that you know, then you are nothing but a spoiled little brat. If you will not humble yourself and listen to what God says is true, then you are not even one of his children. You may think that you are, but what you think doesn't matter, the only thing that matters is what God thinks. Consider that those Jews that wanted to kill Jesus didn't think that they were in the wrong.

Surely you understand that ignorance will not save you from the Pit? I am warning those that hold to doctrine over what the Bible actually says. I am warning those that do not receive God's Word like the little child that listens to his or her mom and dad, for they will never enter into heaven.

The Wrong Way

There are many wrong ways to study the Scriptures. The biggest problem I see is this studying of doctrines, that is, having someone tell you things and then they show you some passages that support their statement. I believe that it is almost impossible for the new believer to see through the subtle errors of bad doctrine. The new believer that is being falsely taught is doomed to end up where their teacher is.

Matthew 15:14

Leave them; they are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit. (NIV84)

My friend, if you are not being taught by someone that has been personally ordained by Jesus Christ to teach, then you are being led by a blind guide. Spirit led teachers are very very rare.

Read God's Word for yourself, trusting God to reveal himself to you. Hold to what God reveals to you. When you go to church and they are saying things that you don't see in the Bible then don't listen. You must have grit in yourself.

Matthew 11:12

From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it. (NIV84)

Your life, and your maturity, are your responsibility. You will not be able to say that those around you misled you. You have a Bible and you must read it, and believe it, and hold to what it says, in spite of what anyone else says, or does.

It is important that you read the Bible and not contemporary Christian literature. Especially never read those "God's little promises books". Just think a minute about what those little promise books are. Can you imagine if your child compiled a little booklet on ways to get what they want from you. Would such a booklet make you happy? I will tell you what sort of booklet would make your parents happy; "What I can do to make my parents happy!" You can just substitute God, for parents, to get an idea of the truth. All of the books out there that teach you how to make yourself happy and rich are evil; plain and simple.

So, don't let non-Spirit led teachers tell you about the Bible, and because at first you can't tell the good teachers from the bad teachers, do most of your own reading from the Bible. If you read it in good faith, intending to do what you see that God wants you to do, then God will open the book to you for that is his delight.

Now, another thing not to do, is to purchase one of those dictionaries that let you look up the original words; Greek and Hebrew, and give you the definitions. I will tell you right off, that unless you are a world-class scholar of ancient Greek or Hebrew, you are not qualified to decide how a given word should have been translated. You will end up bending the verse to match what you want it to say. The translators that put together the King James Version, the New International Version, the New American Standard version, and many more, did a fine job. When reading the Bible the exact words don't usually matter, it is the meaning that matters, and it is the Teacher that will guide you to that meaning.

You should be very careful about what you are reading, that claims to be the truth. Most contemporary Christian books are about how to make your life easier and not about how to truly please God through your submission to his will, that is, obedience to what he commands. I use the analogy of white bread to explain such books. White bread is bread with all of the nutrients taken out. It is so nice and fluffy, and soft and squishy. It doesn't offend anyone. My friend, if your sole diet is white bread then you will surely die of malnutrition. This is the fate of most churchgoers today.

I know of two people that were criticized at church for not wanting to read anything but the Bible. One was told that he had to keep an open mind. What nonsense! I have been told by one pastor that I read the Bible too much. I couldn't believe that one! Wow! We don't want to have too much of God inside; I guess.

Another thing that you should be careful of, because it sounds like the right thing, but is nonetheless subtly wrong, and that is having blind faith. People think that it is a virtue when they believe the unbelievable. They are proud that they believe that the dinosaurs never existed, and think that that is faith. The Bible clearly tells us that we should cry out for understanding, and seek wisdom like it was fine gold. My friend, you must be reading the Bible trying to understand it. Trying to know why things are the way they are. Claiming to believe something that is clearly wrong, without understanding, is not faith.

One last thing that you should not do is become afraid of some notion and not listen to see if it might be true. I have had discussions with churchgoers and in the course of the exchange after I have shown them that what they are saying cannot be true, they get panicky and run away. They are afraid that if I am right, and they figure that what they believe is in the Bible, then maybe I might be able to prove that the Bible is wrong. This is ridiculous. I am not proving the Bible is wrong, only that how they are interpreting the Bible is wrong. The Bible is never wrong. How we interpret it, though, is another question. Let us look at an example of this kind of error in the Bible.

John 6:53-69

Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever." 59 He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

60 On hearing it, many of his disciples said, "This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?"

61 Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, "Does this offend you? 62 What if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! 63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. 64 Yet there are some of you who do not believe." For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. 65 He went on to say, "This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him."

66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.

67 "You do not want to leave too, do you?" Jesus asked the Twelve.

68 Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God. (NIV84)

Those that stopped following Jesus did so because they assumed that Jesus was speaking literally and they said that that was crazy talk. They were using their own reasoning ability. Notice how Simon Peter responded though. He didn't understand either, but in his childlike faith, he knew that whatever the words meant, that they were true. Peter hung in there until he did understand the words, but the others fled in fear.

Now, I am not saying that you should listen to everyone, clearly that is not the case. If someone, however, comes to you in a christ like manner, and their life reflects Christ, then you should listen and see if what they are saying really does agree with the Scriptures.

More On What is Right

Let us look a little more at the child/parent relationship. All little children desire the approval of their parents. This is a very powerful force of motivation. A little child wants to get things "right". They will listen and do what they think is right, and wiggle like a little puppy when their parents praise them for a job well done. Fear too is a motivator, but praise is far more powerful.

This is the same as between you and the Lord. If you don't care if the Lord is pleased with you or not, then you are lost; there is no hope. You must want God's approval, and you must fear his wrath.

I have heard people say that to fear God means to revere him and not to be afraid of him. This is not true. Yes you must revere him, but that is something altogether different.

Luke 12:4-5

I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. (NIV84)

Now, Jesus doesn't mean to go around in constant fear that God will do something bad to you. He means that you should fear his wrath. Be afraid of what God will do to you if you will not obey him. This is the same kind of fear that a little child has with his loving parents. A child might be afraid to take a cookie, because he or she knows the if he or she gets caught then he or she will be punished.

Desire to please God

I think that it is good for the believer to be afraid of deliberately disobeying God's command. This is good and healthy. I think that this kind of fear keeps us out of certain kinds of mischief, and the desire to please God draws us into other kinds of good things. I see them working together. Both of these forces goad the believer into obedience.

An Interesting Thought

Have you ever had an experience that was so startling that it froze the memory of it in your brain? When I was five years old I vividly remember my mother telling me that she was going away. I remember not really understanding what she meant. She was crying and telling me things, and I was pretty much confused. My mother then told me something that completely astonished me. She told me not to forget God. You see, my mother was Catholic and my father was and is, an atheist. Evidently my mother was concerned that my father would raise me to not believe in God. My mother's fears were justified, for I was in fact raised to not believe in God. The topic of the Bible has served as a wedge between my father and me for twenty some odd years now.

Anyway, I can't begin to tell you how astonished I was to hear that I should not forget God. I remember thinking at the time, "Who could forget God?" The idea that anyone could forget God was completely unbelievable to me.

I believe that those words from my mother were at least somewhat instrumental to my coming back into God's camp.

Matthew 19:13-15

Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them.

14 Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." 15 When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there. (NIV84)

It would seem that little children were made to belong to God, but during adolescence a subtle change comes over us. As we become adults we become less trusting, and more independent. What we think becomes more important to us than what our parents think. We tend to find that the invisible God that was so easy to believe in before, now becomes unreasonable. It is this reason, (what we think), that leads us down the dark and deadly path. We must not let this worldly reason steer us away from the truth revealed to us in the Bible. Like little children we must hold to what our Teacher has taught us.

Genesis 3:1-6

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, "You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?"

2 The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, "You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'"

4 "You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. 5 "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."

6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. (NIV84)

The woman knew that God said not to eat from the forbidden tree, but the woman let Satan cast doubts about the wisdom of believing God. The woman began to question whether or not God's words were true, and she looked at the fruit and saw that it was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and she then relied on her understanding and observation, and then took some fruit and did eat.

It all comes down to this question; will you believe what God says is true, or will you do what you think is true, even when you know it is not what God wants.

My friend, if you believe that the Bible is the Word of God, then stop doing what you think and do exactly what you see in the Bible.

From a parents perspective I find it interesting that at first we have children that listen to us and believe us, and obey us, and then they grow into teenagers that know everything. I find it interesting because it is a model of the kind of relationship that makes God happy. When we look to God in wide-eyed innocence, and believe everything he says, we have a very happy relationship, but when we rebel and think that we know better than God, strife and disharmony develops.

Something that we should understand, however, is that God does not want us to be unthinking robots. He wants us to grow up to be adults, but adults that because they truly believe that everything that God says is true, have grown up to be adults that are like God. He wants us to believe that what he says is true, and through his instruction we grow up to be christlike men and women. He wants us to understand why he said the things that he said.

Conclusion

Let us consider, again, the story of the man with the sick wife. Now the little children heard the word of the Lord, "Do not steal," and that was that. But the older children, the young adults, rationalized away the biblical truth. Now, let us consider this story from the perspective of the husband and wife. By stealing the medicine the husband clearly demonstrated his lack of faith. He did not believe that obeying the word of the Lord was more beneficial than relying on his own understanding. The path that the man did choose leads to eternal death. So what if his wife died a physical death. If she was right with God then all is well.

Now, I am not saying that the man should not have tried to help his wife. He should have done all in his power to do, provided that it was okay with God. A person should never disobey God; ever!

I can hear people now saying that I am a hard man, that I would let my wife die rather than save her with stolen medicine. I am not a hard man, I simply believe that every word that comes from God's mouth is my life.

Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (NIV84)

In my childlike faith I believe this passage. As I face the trials of this life of mine, I try to always do exactly what the Lord would have me do, sometimes at great personal loss.

So, we must listen to the word of the Lord, and do everything that God makes clear to us. We must do whatever God requires, because he said to do it, knowing that obedience pleases the Lord. As we read from the Bible and seek earnestly to understand and obey, God brings us along in our growth to adulthood. This is the path to maturity. Most churchgoers are infants, if that, because they refuse to read the Bible for themselves and actually believe that what it says is exactly true. Most churchgoers don't have the grit in themselves to stand on what God has revealed to them against what their fellow churchgoers think.

Matthew 7:13-14

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (NIV84)

End Note

The understanding of what this childlikeness means is such a subtle thing. My friend, those people that are so noisy about Jesus, and have bumper stickers on their cars and such, and have a biblical sounding nick name or email name, usually don't know the Lord at all. The zeal that the Lord wants is not a noisy, look-at-me-zeal, but a fire to be like Christ, a desire to be loving and kind and helpful, for no other reason than you just want to.

It is my experience that the closer that I draw to Christ, the more brightly his light shines on me and reveals my unworthiness. I have been following Christ for almost twenty-five years now, and now I see more clearly my need for his constant support. I am so glad that my dad is bigger than the world's dad. I am so glad that my dad knows everything. I am proud of my Father. And I love him, and consider it a privilege to serve him in anything that he may desire.

Something else that I have noticed in recent times, is that the closer that I draw to Jesus, the more the "Christian" people consider me an enemy. Following Christ is a lonely ordeal; lonely yes, but what else is there? I have received some comments from brothers and sisters to the effect that they too feel like outcasts, but neither I, nor they, should feel that this is unusual.

Hebrews 11:13-16

All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country -- a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. (NIV84)

Submit to the Father

So, my friends, we submit to our Father as obedient and loving children. Waiting for the day of our homecoming. Striving to please our Dad. Longing for the comfort of his embrace.

 

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