Children Called by God
Young children often have an awareness of God. The souls of these children have come to the earth directly from the very presence of God. The great Prophet Isaiah spoke about his understanding of God’s call on his life:
The Lord called me before I was born,
while I was in my mother’s womb he named me.
He made my mouth like a sharp sword,
in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me a polished arrow,
in his quiver he hid me away. (Isaiah 49:1-2)
Was Isaiah an exception?
The psalmist had an understanding of who he was in God:
In the roll of the book it is written concerning me:
‘I love to do your will, O my God;
your law is deep in my heart.”‘ (Psalm 40:9)
Was the psalmist an exception? Are we not all children of God?
The dangers we face in life as we grow up are the distractions of this world. Children of God, however, do not lose their desire to know God. That was the case for two disciples of John the Baptist. We read in today’s Gospel:
The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” (John 1:35-39)
What can we determine from this passage? First is that the two disciples were curious to know who Jesus was. Secondly, when they called Jesus “Rabbi” they indicated that they knew he could show them something. And lastly, they were interested enough to follow Jesus immediately to find out more about him.
Were both of these two disciples an exception? Perhaps. They were certainly not so much paralyzed by the things of this world.
Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” (Mark 10:15)
What does Jesus mean? Perhaps for us to understand this saying we must return to what it was like for us when we were young children. Were we curious about things? Were we ever thinking about God and wondering about God? Unless we skipped directly to adulthood the answer was no doubt yes, at least for a season.
The Season of the Epiphany is potentially that season for us again. God is still calling us unto himself. He is still saying to us: “Come and see.” Are we willing, for a moment, to drop everything and answer his call?