14 “But Jesus said, ‘Let the children come. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.’”
Matthew 19:14 (NIV)
The approach we take as we start a shot, a swing, a game, a contest, a meeting, an assignment, an interview, a season, even each new day, is important. Approach really affects outcome. Approach is perhaps everything.
Let’s not forget this when it comes to God and matters of His kingdom. Here’s what I mean: The best way to come to God is as a child would, bringing perpetual wonder, abiding trust and pure faith. Any other approach diminishes the outcome. The older one gets the more one must be intentionally youthful, working to keep childlikeness before God. Keep the child in the relationship. Ultimate reality shines clearest and best to those who behold it like children, looking for a King and His kingdom and a storyline that offers real hope to “live happily ever after.” Like developing athletic movements, don’t overcomplicate the gospel and the kingdom. Its message is profound because of its simplicity, not its complexity. Don’t stop the flow. Encourage the flow of kids to God. Encourage the kid in you to come too.
Athlete, how’s your approach? How well are you looking at life, at God? Like a child? Filled with wonder? Are you coming in good faith, filled with pure intentions and simple trust? No better approach than this!
Prayer to consider today: LORD, don’t let us overcomplicate You, Your kingdom, the gospel, or life. Let us see You, come to You, experience You, delight in You as children do their daddy. And help us bring other kids to You as well.