This is my friend Aurora Jean, child of God. She is one year old. We have been having conversations similar to the one posted below for about 6 months now. She is gifted with the ability to express and communicate and can’t help but use these gifts in any way possible. Prior to expressing herself verbally she would lock eyes with me and then converse with me using her eyes, facial expressions and wiggly fingers and toes. When she talks with me I see His image. I see redemption. Aurora Jean, child of God.
“Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Mark 10:14
Certainly most would agree that this verse refers to a child’s utter dependency on parents or care-givers for life and survival. So too in the Kingdom. We are utterly dependent on the Triune God for life. But what if Jesus also means that we should use our giftedness like that of a child; naturally, unashamed and uninhibited? That’s the way young kids live. That’s the way Aurora is. She can’t help being herself. She hasn’t learned not to be yet.
Maybe you feel like your giftedness is insignificant, especially when you compare your gifts with others. That is a lie! Truth is that you were created in God’s image. You are His image bearer. What is insignificant about that? God isn’t asking you to use something you don’t have. Use what you do have. He is really good at taking the ‘insignificant’ and making it significant. He changed water into wine, a handful of fish and loaves into a feast for 5000 and 12 disciples into a band of believers more numerous than the sands of the sea. Will He not also take the gift you use and multiply it for His glory?
Some of you may feel that your gifts are damaged. Others may have buried their gifts long ago and don’t know what or where they are. To this I hear the Creator say, “Let’s blow a fresh wind onto those ashes and create a beautiful fire again. Let’s do some exploring and digging to uncover that treasure within!” He delights in restoration!
Becoming a child again. Utter dependence and trust in the Father for life and from that love relationship the security and freedom to be oneself. That’s child like faith. That can usher in some Glory. That can change the world.
Unhindered…live the masterpiece