“Let the children come to Me. Don’t Stop them!” Jesus called to the children and told His disciples. The disciples did not understand why Jesus would waste His time with the little ones.
As I hold my own little one in my arms I see more and more why Jesus called them. I see more meaning in His instruction. Luke 18:16-17 …”For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” NLT
My daughter loves being with me. She wants to be in the middle of whatever I am doing laundry, cooking dinner, baking, getting the mail. It doesn’t matter; any mundane task she wants to be in it! When I play on the floor with her she is tickled. As I walk about the room with her, she squeals with expression. When I leave her to play with toys by herself she is usually sad and upset. She is happiest when she experiences my companionship.
Jesus delights in the same. He loves being with us! He wants to play on the floor with us. He wants us to delight in walking around the room with Him. He desires that we feel happiest when we are in His presence.
How can we truly receive Him, receive His Kingdom if we do not delight in His presence? How can we taste His joy without being with Him? My daughter would never have my companionship, my heart if we did not spend time together.
We must come before our Lord as a child. Invite Him into the mundane. He wants to be with us there, everywhere. Just as my daughter does.
I do not have to look far in His Word to be reminded of those who chose to have a close relationship with God and Jesus. Enoch walked with God. Abraham was called a friend of God. Peter, James, and John spent more one on one time with Jesus than the rest of the disciples. Mary, Martha, and Lazarus also had a very special relationship with Jesus. Relationships require time together.