I saw a short vision of a “Dutch door.” We have three similar doors at Awake Church. Dutch doors are doors that inhibit children from escaping out of the church nursery. They are doors with two half doors hanging within a single doorframe. There is one door on top that is usually open, and one door on the bottom that is usually closed to keep the kids inside.
However, in the vision that I saw, the top door was actually closed and the bottom door was wide open.
Matthew chapter 18 records a question posed by the disciples of Jesus that asked who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven? Jesus, astonishing His followers, called a small child to Himself, set him before them, and answered, “Truly I say to you unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
According to the words of Jesus, the door to the kingdom of heaven is kind of like a Dutch door with the bottom one open, and the greatest of all adults are the one’s who humble themselves, bend low, become child-like and enter new places.
As adults we teach kids, but Jesus says here that we should also be learning from our Children if we want to enter His kingdom. My wife and I have 5 children and here are a few things I’ve observed from our kids:
They don’t over-think things.
They rarely worry.
They dance wildly and don’t care what others think.
They implicitly trust that their parents will provide for them.
They forgive quickly and don’t hold onto the past.
They laugh as much as they are serious.
They don’t judge others.
They have as much fun as humanly possible.
They are not complicated.
They spend zero time looking in a mirror at themselves.
They love being around their father.
Just taking these few things and applying them to our lives would create not only entrance into the kingdom, but days full of joy and peace.
Jesus modeled this same child-likeness while being the most manly-man that ever lived. He bowed low and entered through every low door presented to Him. He set aside all of His glory in heaven and actually entered as a child (baby) into the world. He came to serve rather than to be served. He followed His Father into every adventure He led Him into. He cared more about what His father thought than anyone else did, and He so enjoyed His Dad that He often slipped away from the crowds to be with Him. Even in His final day on earth, Jesus stripped his garments off, bent down and washed the dust from the feet of those following him; hours later becoming the Door whereby all who dare to bow low would enter and be saved (John 10:9).
Matt is the Lead Pastor at Awake Church, as well as the founder of the water supplying organization Hydrating Humanity. Matt lives in North Carolina with his beautiful wife Debbie and their five sons. He is an avid storyteller who often shares his own adventure-packed history as well as stories of others that have inspired him.