Today I took my four-year-old grandson, Jonathan, to Incredible Pizza Company. We ate pizza and played games. A couple of young male employees also played games and gave us their tickets (we ended up with 400!), so Jonathan was able to get a helicopter with his tickets. As I was driving him home, I said, “You have been very well behaved today for me.” He said, “Yep, that’s ’cause I love you.”
Well, I don’t have to tell you that my heart swelled up to about twice its size when I heard those sweet words. But Jonathan’s words are a lot deeper than he realized. He wasn’t good for me because I would punish him if he was naughty. He wasn’t good for me to receive some kind of reward. He was good because he loves me and knows it pleases me.
And I have to tell you, if we are being good for any reason other than that, our heart is not in the right place. If we serve God to keep from being punished or we serve Him to gain a reward, we need to look deeply into our hearts and figure out what is wrong with our love and devotion to our Father. We ought to be serving Him for one reason: because we love Him. That’s what He wants from us.
Sadly, my four-year-old grandson exhibits a deeper, more mature love and service to me than many of us do to our heavenly Father. Let’s emulate this little boy and fill our hearts with love for God and a great desire to be obedient to Him. Let’s make sure we can say, when we approach our Father in prayer, “Yep, today I served you ’cause I love you.” Will you join me in doing that? As Jonathan often says, “That’s the spirit!”
February 9, 2011