All the great things in life can only be enjoyed when we put off the coat of adulthood, the coat 🧥 of worries, fears, shamed and guilt.
Christ came so that we would no longer fear of being a child again, no longer be ashamed of being a child again, no longer be associated with guilt for being a child again.
Talk to your imaginary friend: God. (Whom no eyes have seen)
Sing like you don’t care what anybody else thinks.
Dance without care of who’s watching.
When we’re offended, it’s not the person who offends us, but the suppressed damaging memories of childhood that the person reminds us of that offend us.
Food and clothing may be sufficient materially. But the fruit of the Spirit is more than food and clothing. Man does not live by bread alone, but also by the words of life.
Do not worry = acknowledge and enjoy that you’re a child and will always be a child, a human child (first birth, Adam) and a child of God (second birth, Jesus) by grace through faith in Christ. Emmanuel, man with God.
We can’t even fall asleep without taking off the societal coat of adultness. Otherwise, our eyes would have to remain open 24×7 worrying non-stop about the cares of this life.
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14)
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 16:25-34)
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. ” (1 John 3:1-2)
Because of the gospel, we can be children again. No worries, no fears, no guilt or shame, but love and joy and endurance and peace and rest and healing and understanding in Christ Jesus our Lord and Strength and Brother and God and Beginning and Ending and Friend and Provider to teach us and show us God His Father, our Father. Blessed is his name, Jesus, Amen.