This is a picture of our daughter, Kate, the day she was born.
She’s about two weeks old now, and totally dependent on us.
It’s been said that maturity in the world is about growing more independent, and maturity in the kingdom is about growing more dependent. I think that’s right.
How dependent on God are you…really?
Many of us have been programmed by our parents, teachers, colleagues, and culture to be independent and self-reliant. Not a bad thing, unless we confuse that with spiritual maturity and forget how utterly needy we actually are.
The world looks down on needy, but Christ puts badges, gold stars, and crowns on those who know they cannot help themselves where it matters most. The heroes of the kingdom of God are the humble, not the self-confident.
I love the Lord’s Prayer, in part, because it’s a reminder of how needy we actually are. Look at how Jesus tells us to pray:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.” – Matthew 6: 9-13
That’s the prayer of a child to a dad, acknowledging that Father is bigger and smarter, asking him to meet basic material and spiritual needs, praying for protection. Do you pray this way? More importantly, do you know God this way?
Whether we realize it or not, we are all like Kate – totally needy.
Blessed are those who know it.