“The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground.” ~G.K. Chesterton: All Things Considered.”
Jesus asked, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?” He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:1-5)
John the Baptist was the greatest in the Old Covenant. His motto, “I must decrease so that He might increase.” In Matthew 18, Jesus informs children are the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Zechariah predicts Jerusalem will be filled with boys and girls playing in the street (cf. chapter 8).
Aristotle wrote the best activities in life are those with no end game. In other words, if I watch a football game, it has more eternal value than mowing my lawn. That’s why the Jews rested on the Sabbath. It was God’s way of saying, “heaven will be a playground.”
What is the best part of elementary school? The recess of course! I wasn’t trying to accomplish anything except kick a football or play tetherball. As an almost grown up, what is the best part of the paper? The crossword puzzle and the sports section.
If your idea of a day off is to accomplish something, you might not be as great as you think in God’s kingdom. Why? Accomplishments always point back to me. Instead of decreasing and becoming more like John the Baptist and a child, I’m trying to draw attention to myself.
My neighbor recently returned from a month’s long vacation. Parked in his driveway was a brand new boat. He’s retired. My thought, “I guess this guy is getting ready for heaven.”