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Daily Reading: Leviticus 24:1-25:46 ESV, Mark 10:13-31 ESV, Psalm 44:9-26 ESV, Proverbs 10:20-21 ESV

Daily Verse: “But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:14 ESV)

BASILEIA (932): “Sovereignty, royal power, dominion.  Denoting the territory or people over whom a king rules.  The kingdom of God is the sphere in which, at any given time, his rule is acknowledged.”[i]

God’s kingdom exists.

Children receive gifts quickly because of their dependence on the giver. Kids depend on their parents to provide the necessities of life without even thinking about it.  God wants us to rely on Him the same way.  Just like children trust their parent’s love for them, we’re to trust God loves us even more.  Childlike dependence leads to God’s kingdom.

Following Jesus, placing your faith in God’s son brings you into the kingdom.  God’s domain, the family ties that bind for eternity, become your identity. Not only will you experience peace on earth and joy in the world, but childlike faith will transform your life.  You can receive God’s grace and mercy as eagerly as a child accepting a gift.  God wants you to have childlike faith.

Follow Jesus.

Trusting and getting to know Jesus by reading the stories written in the world’s first book will change you.  Applying the teachings of Jesus to your relationships will cause them to flourish in ways you can’t imagine.  Life change occurs when we follow God’s word.

God’s grace invites you into His kingdom. Love reigns where the Creator lives; the affection remains the same, whether this life or the next one.  God’s passion for you never ends.  He loves you unconditionally, now and forever.

[i] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. Greek Dictionary of the New Testament (pp. 51-2) Thomas Nelson

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