“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1).

How do we access the peace and protection Jesus brings us? The Lord said, “No one can see the kingdom unless they are born again.” This decision leads to a fundamental conversion of our perspective, when we understand ourselves to be a child of God. But more than a date on the calendar, it is a daily journey of seeing God’s kingdom.

Here’s the problem. You can see, but that doesn’t mean you are comprehending. It starts with how we see ourselves. We are to become a child. God has an inverted way of doing life. As we try our best to grow up in this world, the spiritual realm is reversed. We are to become like children, with a simple faith that trusts without question, logic or intellect.

To remain child-like is offensive to the natural mind. Besides, aren’t we supposed to grow up in our faith? Yes, it means putting away self-oriented behavior, but not shedding our child-likeness being remade in the image of God. Growing up means learning how to have child-like trust. It is not being simple-minded, but understanding the source of life.

I was visiting a man dying of AIDS. As I read him the 23rd Psalm, he closed his eyes to receive it. When I finished, he laid still. So I stood there quietly. Then he opened his eyes and said, “I was just looking.” At any given moment, you swerve and are mastered by the reality you put your faith in. You have to decide what is your ground. The transitory world or the eternal Father? The later will give you a foundation of confidence and peace that can’t be taken from you.

Adapted from “Now You See It” by Rev. Dr. William A. Lewis