DAY 15 | COME TODDLING TO HIM

Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. 

Matthew 11:28-30

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Remember, it is little children or toddlers who gain entry into the hidden things of God’s heart! Jesus doesn’t ask us to walk correctly, to live morally exact, or to know all the things there are to know in order to gain access. He does care about our morality, our ignorance, and how we walk or conduct ourselves in life. But these are not the requirements for entry. He will touch and change these places of our lives, but this is not where we should pay our greatest attention. We should attend to our humility, which gains us access, so that in the hidden places of His heart we find the change we seek.

If you and I are going to spend our imaginations on anything, it should not be on all the ways we are, or could become, qualified to learn God’s wonders and mysteries. God resists the proud, so imagining all the reasons we deserve entry into the depths of God will only lead us to pride. And it’s a terrible way to really waste the potential that lies—often dormant—in our imaginations.

If we are going to spend our days dreaming, if we are going to imagine anything about ourselves, we ought to spend our imaginations thinking up all the ways we can become more childlike, teachable, humble, weak, helpless, and needing God’s love and guidance. It would do us well to shift the primary image we hold of ourselves, moving away from all the things we think qualify us as much as we move away from all the things we think might disqualify us before God. Both ways of thinking are reliant on rationalizing ourselves before God, and that leads to transactional thinking–“I did this well, you owe me” or “I did that poorly, I owe you.” This is not the way of the Kingdom.

Spend your days seeing yourself as a child learning to relate to your Father. That is relational thinking, and that is what Jesus means when He says, “Come to Me, and learn of Me…” Take your cues from Jesus, and imagine yourself as a small toddler, hands uplifted toward your Father and longing for Him to pick you up into His embrace of love. That’s the way to spend your daydreams and imagination. That’s the way of the kingdom—love-filled, relational thinking.