Infants and toddlers cry for their parents. This is their instinctive response to unfamiliar environments or perceived threats. Children cry even when they are merely uncomfortable. When they cry, they are essentially calling out in dependence. They need help from those they rely on the most.

Jesus also has a soft spot for children. The apostle Matthew records for us one time when people were bringing children to Jesus to be blessed and the disciples were chasing them away,

“But He said, “Leave the children alone! Allow the little ones to come to Me, and do not forbid or restrain or hinder them, for of such [as these] is the kingdom of heaven composed.” Matthew 19:14 [AMPC]

What a revelation. The innocence of youth is that which the Father desires to see in us and from us. Indeed, Jesus said to Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews,

“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3

But what does it mean to be born again?

As we grow, we get accustomed to independence. It is taught to us from a very young age. Practically speaking, this is necessary since our parents can’t conceivably take care of us from cradle to grave. But in so doing, we have also lost the innate ability to depend on God.

With God things are different. God knows us right from the time we were conceived as an idea. The psalmist David says this,

“O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
You have hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it.” Psalm 139:1-6

Does this not sound like how we thought of our parents when we were young? Our parents know us, even before we could say anything; it was as if they could read our minds.

Well, with God, that is exactly true. He knows us, intimately. And what’s even more beautiful about this is He loves and cares for us. He has hedged us front and back. Jesus has protected us, defended us, front and back; and as if that is not enough, His hand of protection is also upon us. Financial experts can appreciate this beautiful picture of hedging and protection all the better.

And because “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) His intimate knowledge and love for us and His protection over us is the same yesterday, today and forever. There is no need for us ever to be independent of God.

That really is what being born again means; to return to the dependence of our youth. When we used to rely on our parents, we can now rely on God. Where we used to need our parents, we can now rely on Him to supply. Realize that in the same way that we used to hero-worship our parents in our youth because we thought they were the most capable, most intelligent people around, we will worship God when we allow Him to slowly unveil His majestic omnipotence through His working in our lives.

Even King David, the psalmist, said, such knowledge of His intimate knowledge and love for us and His protection over us is so wonderful and high that he, a king, cannot attain it.

Friend, God is not a distant God who demands perfection from you. He is a loving Father who sees you as His beloved child. Of such as these is the kingdom of heaven composed. All He really wants from you is for you to depend on Him.

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will you Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:11

And if you haven’t made Jesus your Lord and Savior, but would very much like to be part of God’s intimate and close family, then pray this prayer right now,

“Heavenly Father, I believe that You sent Jesus, the perfect Son of God, to come and die for our sins. There would have been no other way that I could have been saved if not for You and His death on the cross. Thank You Jesus for redeeming me from eternal damnation, I admit that I am a sinner and I thank you for the precious gift of redemption that the shedding of Your precious blood has bought for me. Thank You Father for coming into my life and bringing Your love and Your protection. You are my Father and I run into Your loving arms now. In Jesus' name, Amen!”

Congratulations, you are now a beloved child of the most high God. Begin your walk with Him and lean fast on His shoulders always. Beloved, Jesus is our Father. Let Him love you.

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