Candy

by Michael Daniel

 

And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

 

Let’s pretend for a moment. You are three years old and you have just been given a piece of candy. What are you going to do with it? You are simply going to eat it, are you not? No analyzing. No query as to the motive of the giver. As a matter of fact since you are but three years old there will be no questions asked at all. A child will immediately and blissfully pop the candy into his mouth savoring every bite and no doubt make a joyful mess of himself and his attire in the process. He will simply, in childlike fashion, enjoy the moment. A child eating candy is not even conscious of the mess until the grown-up comes along and…

 

“My lord would you look at the mess you have made? You’ve ruined your new clothes! I’ll never be able to get those stains out! And just look at your face and hands! And my carpet! It’ll cost a fortune to have it cleaned! I’ll think twice about giving you candy again! You always make a mess of things! Just what am I going to do with you?”

 

In one fell swoop the laughter of a child is obliterated and a gift of love turned into a mountain of guilt and condemnation. The joy of the moment is shattered like glass as the fearful child’s eyes begin to fill with tears.

 

Could this be the way that most of us know God? An angry tyrant who one moment gives us candy and the next moment snatches it away screaming at us for the mess we’ve made?  

 

The truth is that God has chosen not to see the mess. He has chosen to see His precious Son in all of His children and nothing else. Yes, and that includes you! You are His child! God sees His living Son in you because the false self was crucified with Christ on that cross. Christ isn’t just in your life He IS your Life! When He brings us to that beautiful revelation, and He alone can do this, we can then enter into His eternal rest and peace knowing that we are One with God in Christ.

 

Jesus is saying; “Here child! Here is your candy. Enjoy it and, by the way, I’ll be here enjoying it with you. I became the mess and I also have already cleaned it all up. Now there is nothing left to do but live. Yes child, I love you that much.”

 

“Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babes Thou hast prepared praise for Thyself.”