A little girl and boy go to a strange house with their parents. It’s no big deal. Their parents are always taking them to new places. While the adults talk, sing and pray, these precious children play in the other room. For a while they get lost in their own make-believe world, they play without concern. Every once and a while, they look back to see their parents actively participating in the gathering taking place in the other room. As long as they can see their parents, the children play with a carefree attitude.
The boy and girl are too young to completely understand what is going on in the other room. They pickup on a word here and there. But for the most part they are focused on the task at hand – play. The boy and girl are completely content being kids. Their work is play, and they make no excuse for it. Although they probably don’t even know it, they are actively living out what it means to be secure in their place in this world. Unconsciously they understand, probably better than most adults in the room, how to be content in their season in life.
One of the men in the other room starts to move around in his chair. He becomes very animated as his voice gets lauder and then crescendos to a near whisper. The change of pace causes the children to stop and look for their parents. They can barely see their parents through the man as he holds up a Bible in the air while shooting verbal arrows at others in the room. Something causes the brother to walk toward his parents. His sister quickly follows. She has one goal in mind. She longs to see her mommy and daddy.
As the animated man preaches to those in his living room, the children completely disregard him. The boy crawls underneath his chair to get to his parents while his sister maneuvers underneath the preacher’s legs. She heads directly into the arms of her mother.
Taken by the situation, the preacher laughs at himself and what just happened. He takes the time to point out the truth in the teachable moment. He said, “Boy, she sure had one thing on her mind. She was thinking, ‘I wanna be with my momma.’” He asked, “What does it take for us to go after God with the same intensity?”
I found myself longing to be a child again. Where is my desperation? What does it take for us to reach the point that we will follow the example of this little girl? She let nothing get in the way of her and her parents. She didn’t care who or what stood as an obstacle in her path. This little girl had the right idea.
God calls us to become like little children. Jesus reminded the disciples of this truth when they started to think higher of themselves than they ought.
Matthew 18:1-4 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? 2And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, 3And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
When Jesus talks about modeling out what it takes to get into the kingdom of heaven, he blew away all preconceived ideas by placing a child in front of the disciples. They were trying to take an ego trip, and Jesus brought them back to reality by calling them to be humble. Little children find comfort and safety in the arms of their parents. Children trust what the authorities in their lives tell them. They long for instruction and the serenity of being under the watchful eye of their parents. God wants us to look at him in the same way. No matter how old or mature you are, we never stop being God’s kid.
The more mature you become in Jesus Christ the less secure you are in yourself apart from God. You look around and see your Father in the other room and will do whatever it takes to be with Him.
Mature Christians must look at the things of God through the eyes of a child? We humble ourselves by realizing that we will be safe in the arms of the Father. Has the weight of life caused you to forget who you are? Have you lost the sparkle in your eye that comes with looking upon life with the wonder of being God’s child? Lose yourself in the joy of God’s love. Be free to play. Crawl up into the Father’s lap and enjoy being with Him. Although you may have grown out of wearing Keds and Osh KoshBGosh, the kid must never grow out of you.