In a few minutes I will be playing Mar Kart with the kids. I’m not really sure why I like Mario Kart, but I think it has to do with winning a race. However, I think lately I have loved playing so much because I get to see it through my kids eyes. My son loves to crash and jump off cliffs. My daughter has no idea what she is doing, but she has fun doing it. Watching and playing with them reminds me that even a game designed as a race to win, can be enjoyed in ways I never thought possible.
I think God is like that. Even when we think we understand Him, He reveals something entirely knew for us to enjoy about Him. I am thankful for a God who is never boring.
I was taking my kids to pre-school this morning and my son Colm suggested we play a game. I asked him what he would like to play and he said we should all take turns saying something about Jesus. He started by saying that Jesus lived in his heart and on my turn, I said that Jesus died on the cross for us. Colm responded by saying, “Jesus died for the bad guys too”. I am amazed at the insight of my kids sometimes. He understands at 4 years of age a concept that most adults never seem to be able to grasp a hold of. I was exceptionally proud in that moment.
Colm understands that Jesus didn’t come so that good people could somehow earn their way to Heaven by doing enough good things to outweigh the bad things that are done. Jesus came because each of us is in need of a Savior. Nobody can ever be good enough to earn their way into Heaven. Jesus died for each one of us…even who the world would deem the worst of us. The truth is, we are all broken and in need of Jesus no matter how bad we think we are…or how bad others think we are. Scripture tells us that we all fall short of God’s glory. It means what it says…all of us fall short. Colm understands something profound…may we all have the same insight that he does…that each of us needs Jesus.