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There was a great man who in the full stretch of his official journey and right in the middle of his immense and frantic schedule stopped everything he was doing and sat down with a scruffy little child on his lap.

He had seen his personal assistants harassing the excited young children who were scurrying around, playing amongst the feet of those pressing in.  They were pressing in in an attempt to be near the great man and hear his wisdom, possibly even get to touch him in the hope that they might be noticed and healed in some way.

The little children were just being children and this was a nuisance and a distraction to everyone, even the great mans personal assistants.

With a scruffy little child on his knee he had stopped all activity and suddenly the whole massive group had become silent.

First he turned to his assistants and scolded them for their handling of the children in this way and while he spoke he turned to address the multitudes as well.

“Don’t chase these little ones away” he said.

“Don’t hurt them by preventing them from being children at my feet whilst I am doing my work,”  he went on to say.

Continuing to scan the people around him he continued…  “In fact people, unless you become like one of these little children you will never understand about my kingdom and neither will you be able to enter in to it.”

There was a chilling silence at that point and he turned his gaze to the little ones who had been scurrying around, disrupting the proceeding by bumping into the legs of those following the great man and picked them up, one by one, touched them individually and blessed them.

Nevertheless now we have launched specific children’s ministries and specialised focus groups – at great cost of course, but it is worth it because we are important and cannot be distracted from what we feel blesses us directly.  And the leaders amongst us do not get bothered by the pitter-patter of little feet as scruffy little children be themselves.  Their servants do this dirty deed, removing this tiresome inconvenience from their very important agendas.

In desiring to press in to our heavenly father we have forgotten how to allow children to press in even to their earthly fathers and rather send them away so that they will not disturb us as we pursue our own priorities.

And the personal assistants still hear our calls of desperation and clear the temple of the apple of our heavenly father’s eye.

And strangely we all continue to do this as an act of sincere worship.

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