ADULTS can be a self-conscious bunch, often worried about how others will perceive us.
We shape ourselves on technology and social media to make sure our good side and the best version of ourselves is seen by those around us.
At the Christ Church Anglican Easter service I was reminded how children are the complete opposite.
They are not yet aware of, nor do they care about the opinions of those around them.
We had a children’s song with a superhero/Super Saviour theme complete with actions and movement.
The children happily joined in and flew around pretending to be super saviours. Adults, still in the pews, were a little more self-conscious of what the people around would think if they fully embraced their inner superhero.
In Matthew 18:24 Jesus…”called a child, whom he put among them, and said, ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven’.”
His call isn’t to childlike innocence or childish song actions, but willingly to be at the bottom of the pecking order, thinking of ourselves less.
Being a presence for God in the world is about lowering ourselves, not in stature or worth, but putting others before ourselves.
Jesus embodied this through his death and resurrection.
He wasn’t thinking of himself, but was making the way for us to return to our God and redefining our understanding of greatness by dying in our place.
Easter reminds us to think of ourselves less and look to Jesus.
There we discover life with God and a life of service to God and others.
Tim Bowles, Chaplain, Moama Anglican Grammar