At times, my two-year old gets a little jealous of the attention her daddy gets from the other children. When my older children hug me or sit with me she wants to draw closer to me. She will typically say, “My daddy!”
After work I will pick up my son from school then head over to the baby sitters to pick up my daughter. Everyday my son hopes when he walks up to the door she will want to run to him and hug him. Each time she runs past him. I can’t get up the steps to the front porch before she is literally jumping off of the top step and into my arms.
As I caught her yesterday, I thought to myself, “That’s faith.” She loves me and can’t wait to see me. She can’t wait for me to hold her. Her 10-year-old brother can’t distract her attention from me. As we arrive home, she begins to see the other children (all teenagers) she doesn’t want them. She only wants her daddy. She holds my hand, sits in my lap, and will only take her cup of milk from me in those first moments we are together again.
But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. (Luke 4:16, NIV).
In this passage, we see the love Jesus has for children. I think Jesus is conveying to us his love for all of his children. And the manner in which we should go to him… as little children. As I have thought about the faith of my little girl, in action, as she jumps from the top step and – into my arms – I have questioned where I stand today with faith. Do I live with this same excitement? Do I run to spend time with the Lord? Do I run past the distractions to be only in His presence? Do I want only the food He can give me from the moments I spend with Him? Do I give him my strict attention at the beginning of each new day?
The kingdom of God belongs to such as these.