The playground was filled with little ones enjoying the various age appropriate equipment. Each of the children accompanied by their parents seemed to be having the time of their life. One of the kids looked at her dad and cried out: “look at me!” That seemed to start something as many of the children also chimed in: “look at me!” Joy on the playground seemed to be enhanced for these children when someone was noticing what they were doing.
What is perfectly acceptable on the playground is not so good in life. We who are children of God are called to enjoy an exciting life of service for our wonderful Lord. God calls us to be a bold witness for Him. We need to be spending time in fervent prayer and increasing in our knowledge of the Word of God. We should also fellowship with God’s people and give offerings to the work of God. Yet these and other spiritual disciplines are not an end in themselves. They are only ways that we can get to know our Lord better and to honor Him by living a life of obedience.
Jesus often spoke of the Pharisees as examples of how not to behave. He said in Matthew 6:5,6: "And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly”.
Church can become like a playground with all the children crying out: “Look at me, I am doing something spiritual, notice me and praise me”. May we learn to honor our Lord by serving in secret. May we say to the other kids on the playground: look at Him, not look at me.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation