Monday, September 21, 2015

From the Mouths of Babes~

 "It's so simple," he said matter-of-factly. "We do what's right because it's the right thing to do. Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd, (he slowly and purposely let the word hang in the air for a few seconds as if to make sure we were all still listening; as if what was coming next was just as important as what had already been said, but somehow easily overlooked) if we keep doing what's right over and over and over again, it gets easier to do what is right."

And, of course, he was right.

Sitting in Children's Church, we were picking up where we had left off last week. In our discussion about righteousness, we had discovered our righteousness is not based on the "right things" we do.

We do what is right because it is the right thing to do, not because it makes God love us more.
We do what is right, not because if we do wrong, it makes God love us less.
God, we all repeated in unison, loves us no matter what.

Our righteousness comes when we believe in Jesus with our heart and confess Him with our mouth. Worshiping God, cheerfully giving our tithe, reading God's Word, helping the needy, obeying our parents - these are all right things to do, but they don't make God love us more.

So, what about the choices we make each week, each day, each moment?
What about all the right things we do?
Why do we do them? 

The same five year old continued his thought.

"When people don't listen to me, or are being mean to me, or they are hurting me and making me sad, it can be . . . (he lifted both arms high in the air and with fists closed shaking violently, he spoke the word bubbling out of his heart) frustrating!!!! I want to be mean back.  But, if I was mean to them, then (he straightened his arms out in front of him with palms turned up) I would be mean, too, annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd (there was that slow and purposeful drawl again) that's not right. So, (he shrugged his shoulder) I try to be nice."

"How in the world do you do that?" another child blurted out before I could speak a word.

"I ask God to help me and He does.  Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd, (we all listened now) it's getting easier to be nice.  Like, I'm getting stronger or something at being nice. (He shrugged his shoulder again.) I can't really explain it."

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And, what he didn't realize, is that in a few words spoken straight from his heart, he had opened our eyes to the very truth God was wanting us to take hold of deep down in our own hearts.

Worshiping God, cheerfully giving our tithe, reading God's Word, helping the needy, obeying our parents, being kind one to another - these are all right things to do, and if we do these things, we grow closer to God and deeper in our relationship with God. If we do these things, we grow stronger in the ways of our Lord. If we do these things, we "grow up" in Christ.

"Why does God want us to grow up?" I asked.  "Why can't we stay baby Christians?"

Again, the same 5 year old was quick to answer.

"So, we can make disciples. God needs us to grow up so we can make disciples."

A sixth grader, sitting behind this precious young heart, totally baffled by the spiritual wisdom of one so young, looked right at me and said, "He should be teaching this class."

Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd, of course, he was right.

Age has absolutely nothing to do with spiritual maturity.

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1 comment:

  1. This was beyond precious....I have bookmarked this reminder of "a little child leading"...


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