Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Open Mind, Open Heart

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

~Mark 10:15 (NIV).

THIS IS A VERY CRITICAL MESSAGE. For those who still haven’t worked it out, spiritual and emotional freedom are not such exigent concepts when taken aboard with an open mind and an open heart—trusting vestibules of human grace—God given.

The condition of entry into the understanding of the things of God is a childlike approach—a childlike faith that is first and foremost trusting.

And the beauty of this principle—the calamitous advantage—is in trust we remain open to what God’s doing in our midst, for God is always doing something.

Yet, a closed mind and a closed heart are absolutely useless to God’s power for change and human transformation. Spiritual ineptness through blindness becomes the person. It would be like turning up to a baseball game with three broken fingers on your catching hand and without the fielder’s glove. The open mind and heart are the “equipment” of the Spiritual ballgame as God yells, ‘Batter up!’ An open mind and heart is “readiness.”

We can only accept this message of grace in our lives or not. Two choices, two journeys and two destinations—one a winner all the way both in this life and the life to come; the other a loser from the very start—a loser for all Christless eternity!

And the only thing that stands between us and the greatest win of our lives is trust i.e. to trust. I understand that trust is an intangible concept made incredibly hard for some by virtue (or vice!) of the way they’ve been treated.

Let’s get one thing straight, however; God won’t treat us like a human being can treat us i.e. with ridicule, disdain or burgeoning hurt. God cannot do that. He can only treat us with love. Human beings will always fail us; God never can. We might think that God has failed us, but he hasn’t, not ever.

Trust is central to an open mind and an open heart. Open up now to blessing. To remain closed is simply and only to hurt ourselves. Why would a sane person do that?

God is love. This is something we can entirely trust.

© 2010 S. J. Wickham.

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