“I want to hear more about God!!”
These were the words that my toddler yelled at me with tears welling up in his eyes as I closed his bible.
Bed time routine is bath, brush teeth, jammies, snuggle with mommy and baby Moses, then I usually read him a few bible stories, pray, and snuggle him for a little while. He never really throws fits at bed time and so this was a little unexpected.
I got the bible back out and read to him about Jesus being baptized, but all the while I found myself thinking: Isn’t this passionate reaction from my toddler what all Christians should be yelling?
Maybe this was one of the reasons that Jesus said in Matthew 19:14, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” (NLT).
We often hear about approaching God with child like wonder, and I think that is essential. What we don’t hear a lot about is approaching the Kingdom of God like a toddler who wants to get his way.
What would the world look like if every Christian were to stand up and say “I want more God!”? Would that world begin to look a little more like the world that Dr. Martin Luther King was envisioning when he said, “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” May we be people of the cross, who go forward refusing to accept evil any longer. May we be a people of grace and love who desire to live out the gospels. May we daily say “I want more God!”