1. “Unless you change and become like children” (Matthew 18:13) Children are more open to trusting and trying new experiences than we cynical adults. Jesus knows this. Children are willing to embrace others without prejudice or preconception. They come “as they are” with nothing other than a desire to be near Jesus. Children have no agendas.
2. “the truth will make you free” (John 8:32) Discovering the truth about ourselves and our relationship to God is the ultimate freedom.
3. “…there is no longer Jew or Gentile…slave or free…male or female…for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28) This is what the kingdom of God looks like, what humanity should look like from God’s perspective. Remembering to be church, see the world, and live this way is as much of a challenge today as it was in the 1st century.
4. “…but while he was still far off, the father saw him and was filled with compassion, he ran.” (Luke 15:20) God is looking for us while we are where we are. Sometimes we force God to look in faraway places. God searches for us out of compassion; not a desire for vengeance or guilt.
5. “…your life is hidden with Christ in union with God” (Colossians 3:3) There is nothing to prohibit humanity from being in relationship with God. Nothing stands between ourselves and God. Jesus life, death, and resurrection restored the broken lines of communication and removed all the obstacles between humanity and God. The only obstacles now are the ones I create.