To that question, I answer with another question (I know you aren’t supposed to do that!)…
Why not Lent?
People who know “things” say if you do something or not do something for 40 days, it becomes habit. I am uncertain what I am going to deny myself of this Lenten Season – I believe the Lord will show in the nick of time but right now I don’t have an inkling.
He definitely insisted on my writing 40 Days of Lent: the people, places and events surrounding the Passion. God put that book on my heart three or four years ago and I kept putting it off – this past December He got real bossy and said, “Now.”
I want to share one of the “days” from the book today.
14 King’s kids
Then they also brought infants to Him that He might touch them; but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” Luke 18.15-17
Three verses, that’s it, but when you read them? You get it! You see the heart of God. Jesus loved the little children – all the children of the world – red and yellow, black and white, ALL are precious in His sight!
Don’t mess with the faith, the innocence, the tenderness of a child unless you want to suffer some serious consequences.
Isn’t it interesting the disciples began rebuking the people who were bringing their babies and their children to receive a blessing from Jesus. Let’s keep in mind the twelve had been traveling with Jesus for just shy of three years – this happened in the months prior to the crucifixion – they are on their way to Jerusalem. One would think by now, they would know the heart of Christ.
Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James, Thaddeus, Simon, Judas — WHAT WERE YOU GUYS THINKING?
It is with child-like faith we confess and repent. It doesn’t have to be with grown-up words and long, liturgical platforms – the Lord just wants us to come to Him. To allow ourselves be crushed and undone at the foot of cross. To snot and snork and lie prostrate at His holy, blessed feet.
It is there the healing comes. The cleansing. The purification. Just like a child, even if we’re 79 years old! That’s when we become King’s Kids! And, the King is a good, good Father!
† As we draw closer to Jerusalem on our Lenten journey, can we put aside the grown-up responsibilities and expectations and take the time to sit at His feet? With child-like faith and complete loyalty, share in the sufferings of our Savior?
“The” book is ready – are YOU?