Friday, May 20, 2011

Pure devotion of youth

I love how God will often give me real-life object lessons that correspond to what I'm reading in the Bible at that time. Just recently, during my journey through the Bible chronologically (thank you, You Version), I came across the accounts of Josiah in 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles. If you've never read it before, take a moment and read it now.

To give you a (very) brief synopsis, Josiah comes to power as king of Judah when he is 8 years old. His predecessors (father, grandfather, etc.) were not following God's laws. In fact, they were causing the Israelites to sin to even greater extents than any other kings before. So, Josiah's father, Amon, is king for only 2 years before he is assassinated. But even during that brief time, Amon led the people to sin greatly. Needless to say, Josiah didn't have a stunning example in his father.

However, despite the negative forces in his life, Josiah had the support of his mother and a committed high priest to help him seek after the Lord. And this is what blows me away - at the age of 20, Josiah starts going through all of Israel and Judah tearing down pagan shrines and altars and desecrating them by burning human bones on them. He knew what was right, and didn't waste time to get to business.

Last night, while I was attending Liberty High School's graduation, my wife, Jill, took my kids, Jackson and Lauren, outside to enjoy the great weather we've been having. Jackson, in usually little boy fashion, starting playing with rocks. As he was making a rock pile, Jill came over and started explaining to him what an altar is and how people long ago used to build altars to God from 12 uncut stones. Well naturally, Jackson immediately declared that his rock pile was his altar to God.

I must confess, I am so thrilled about the unabashed love that my son pours out to and for God. He may not understand everything that the Bible tells us, but he knows that Jesus loves him, and so he loves Jesus.

And then I started thinking about this passage: He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:2-3)

Just like Josiah and my son, Jackson, we need to have a childlike,pure devotion to our savior, Jesus Christ. The purest form of worship we can muster is to come like a child and bask in the presence of the One who created us and loves us beyond what we can imagine (or sometimes understand.)

My challenge to you (and myself) this week: Love, trust and worship Jesus like a child in pure, unrestrained faith.

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