June 18, Reading 3 – Luke 18:15-43


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SAA Notes

This is one of the tragic episodes in the Gospels – the rich young ruler who walks away from Jesus – and Jesus lets him. Jesus will have our real love and commitment, not an imitation.

SJA Notes

* God Above, please grant us understanding today of You and Your great love for us.

“Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”

We can have very different views of what it means to be a child, to be like a child.

Many people might consider everything about being a child less and inferior to adulthood.

Here Jesus rebukes that understanding.

We are to receive His kingdom like a child.

That means there is inherent worth in children that escapes adults, and that we so often misplace and forget.

And a big reality is we _are_ children of our CREATOR GOD, the HEAVENLY FATHER.

Let us receive His kingdom today as His children, with love and adoration in our hearts.

* Gracious Father,

Thank You that You save us and call us Your children.

Thank You that Your word teaches us how to live as Your kingdom people.

Please help us to choose Your wisdom each day.


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