This morning I read But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." Luke 18:16-17
I was thinking about that today, and especially with gift-giving season upon us. Children receive gifts so enthusiastically. They don't get hung up on if they deserve the gift, if they should have to earn the gift or if they have anything to give in return. They just love being given a gift.
The kingdom of God is a gift. We try to earn it, deserve it or repay it, but we never can. The only way we can enter the kingdom is to receive it the same way a child receives a gift.