I’ve noticed that the older I get the less I believe. Life has a way of hardening a person’s heart. This is why Jesus said that in order to participate in the kingdom of God we must become like little children again, ready to believe whatever our Father says is true.
I’ve also noticed, upon driving through the less affluent parts of my town, that poor people spend a whole lot more time hanging out with each other outside their homes, on the streets, and on each others’ porches than most of the well-to-do peeps. Drive through the nicer parts of town and it can be like a ghost town in comparison: Empty sidewalks, drawn curtains, and not a soul in sight. It seems like the more self-sufficient a man becomes the more he hides from his neighbors. I suspect there is something behind this phenomenon which explains what Jesus meant when he talked about the kingdom of God belonging to the poor. Poor people are needy and they know it. They can’t make it on their own and they know it. Plus they don’t have a whole bunch of material stuff to keep them entertained for hours on end while their neighbor across the street grows old and dies without them ever getting to know each other (not that there is anything wrong with “stuff” in and of itself, mind you 🙂 ).
So there are two types of people Jesus pointed to in order to show what it takes to participate in His Father’s kingdom: the three-year old in the booster seat and the beggar on the street who has no means of supporting himself. One is full of faith and the other holds no pretensions over how greatly in need of help he is.
If in your spirit you bear either of these qualities, you are a prime candidate for experiencing the reality of God, both in this age and in the age to come. So rejoice! For the kingdom of heaven is yours!