Every morning, I wake up between 4:30-6:00am. My dog, Nala has become accustomed to my waking pattern and is ready to leave the room as soon as I set foot on the ground and begin heading towards the door. She sleeps during the night anticipating time with me.
One morning, I had some work to do on the computer, so I did not feel that I had the time to spend with her that morning. I was focused and ready to take care of business. I tried to give Nala a toy to squeaky toy to play with, but she walked away and came back to me. I tried to give Nala a plastic toy to play with, but she walked away and came back to me. I tried to give Nala a stuffed toy to play with, but she walked away and came back to me. After three attempts at replacing my time, attention and love with a toy, I realized Nala did not want the toy, she wanted me.
As I think about the American church as a whole and the way we have portrayed God, often we portray Him as a God that is all about giving us toys. The toy of a new car, the toy of a new house, the toy of the latest electronic fad. Truthfully, before having all these things, I thought I wanted toys but now that I have them, I realize that I really needed God. I didn’t need a new house to feel significant, I needed a God who would show me my significance through the unique ways He created me. I didn’t need a new car to feel important, I needed a God would would demonstrate my importance by giving something of His, Jesus. I didn’t need the newest electronic fad to keep me entertained, I needed to get in line with God’s plan for the world and join Him in it.
I realized that I did not need toys, I needed Him. I don’t know where you are in your spiritual journey but after years of seeking for toys, I encourage you to seek him. Matthew 6:33 says, ” But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” I recommend taking Jesus’ suggestion on him over toys.
The New International Version. 2011 (Mt 6:33). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.