Matthew 22:37-38 “Jesus replied, You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment”
When I came home for Israel last Friday, one of the first things Renee and I did was go over to our daughter and her husband’s house to visit them and our two granddaughters. (I’m sorry, but I have to say this for our younger readers. Whenever I write the word granddaughter – I feel like I sound like an old man. I am actually quite young and still feel like I’m in my thirties. So, I am not out of touch with you – keep on reading!) Anyway, the girls – Madeline and Macy who are four and five – started jumping up and down with excitement as we walked in the door and Macy – the four year old, quickly jumped into my arms. She looked at me tenderly and solemnly and said, “Papa, I really, really missed you. I don’t want you to leave for so long anymore.” She then hugged me and kissed me. It was so cute that I melted on the spot.
Yesterday, my daughter was at church and Macy was with her. She came into my office and I picked her up, kissed her, tickled her, gave her a piece of candy, and hugged her again. She looked up at me again and said, “Papa, Madeline and me are going with mommy and daddy up north to a cabin on vacation. You are going to miss me but don’t worry, I won’t be gone long.” I looked up at her and said, “Macy, I am going to miss you and I’ll be sad that you’re gone. What am I going to do?” She looked at me, hugged me, patted me on the back and said, “Don’t’ worry papa, you’ll be all right. I’ll be back soon.” She then gave me a big hug and said, “I love you papa.”
There are many things that are precious in people’s eyes. There are precious jewels, precious antiques, precious artwork – many things people consider precious. I don’t think there is anything more precious than the honesty, innocence, and love of little children. When Renee and I had young children, we spent nine years teaching four and five year olds in Bible Class during our Sunday night services. Those times were a precious part of my life.
As Jesus was getting ready to die, He began to prepare His disciples by warning them He would soon be leaving them. I am sure He was tender with them at that moment. As He was telling them, He called them “little children.” There are moments in all of our lives when what face, reduces us to feeling like little children. He said to them “Little children, I shall be with you a little while longer. You will seek Me… Where I am going, you cannot come….” (John 13:33)
I remember those times when my children were so little, innocent, pure, and tender. They would run into my arms when I came home from work, hug me as tight as they could, and tell me they loved me. They were melting moments. I have that phase of life that I know won’t last forever with my granddaughters now.
Do you think you could ever come to God like a little child? Could you get quiet and think about the magnitude of God’s love toward you. Could you think about His awesome power and demonstration of love through Jesus? Could you think about the multitude of promises He has made to you? Could you come to Him like a little child with no agenda except to wrap your arms around Him (in your heart) and just spend time like a little child telling Him you love Him and letting that be all the moment is about?
Do you think those kinds of moments are precious to Him? I think so. Matthew 19:14-15 gives us insight. “But Jesus said, “Let the children come to Me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.” And He put His hands on their heads and blessed them before He left.”
Psalm 86:12-13 says, “With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God. I will give glory to your name forever, for your love for me is very great. You have rescued me from the depths of death!”
Maybe you’d feel awkward coming to the Lord in a quiet place and expressing your love like this. If you do, isn’t that the point? Little children don’t feel awkward. Maybe God doesn’t want us to either. Maybe He wants us to have more of these kinds of moments. I think so! Maybe they would teach us how to again become innocent flowing with pure love. Think about how these kinds of moments would feel to Him.
I know that for me, it is difficult for me to spend time with the Lord without asking Him for help in a hundred ways. That isn’t wrong and He doesn’t mind. I just believe that since He created little children and He tells us to come to Him as little children, that He loves when we spill with love toward Him like little children!
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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