Ephesians 5:8 – 8 You used to be like people living in the dark, but now you are people of the light because you belong to the Lord. So act like people of the light. (CEV)
This time, last year, we had chickadees nesting at the side of our home. They were making use of a nesting box in a small stand of evergreens, protected from predatory attack and shaded from the elements.
It was such a joy to hear and watch them and I greatly anticipated the day the new little ones would be seen. However, sad to say they left without my having the opportunity to see them; that, or perhaps they did not hatch. I had to forego the joy of watching little ones emerge and mature.
God must also, experience sadness when His new little ones (born again Christians) fail in growth and maturity. He must watch us, with great anticipation and joy, come to His home through salvation, only to have us fail to grow.
Perhaps, a lifestyle that excludes Him is a bigger magnet, or a mindset that causes us to ‘think’ we can still manage life and don’t need Him. We then move further and further away, until one day we’re gone! He no longer hears nor sees us, no longer has fellowship with us. How sad He must feel to watch us; hoping to see us grow and become His free children only to lose us to a life without Him.
Mark 10:15 – 1 5 I promise you that you cannot get into God’s kingdom, unless you accept it the way a child does.” (CEV)
Matthew 18:3 – 3 Then he said: I promise you this. If you don’t change and become like a child, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven. (CEV)