Have you ever coaxed a sweaty, over-heated toddler from their play for a drink of water? One of three results usually occur:
A. They completely ignore you, silently declaring that what they are doing is more important.
B. Begrudgingly they take a swig, making it clear that it is only because they are forced.
C. They grab the cup with both hands, gulp noisily much of the water, and look at you breathlessly for admiration for obedience.
Obviously, you didn’t offer a drink for your own benefit…apart from your concern for their well-being. It was for their own good. Without water they can not function properly, will get sick, and eventually die. Your providing vital life-sustaining is an act of self-less love.
It is healthy growth where a child realizes that water is important, good for them, and a necessary part of life. Hopefully they will learn to quench their own thirst with H2O without someone waving a sippy cup and begging them to partake.
Consequently, we don’t do God any favors by connecting with him. It is a privilege. A vital, life-giving privilege. Enjoy it. Appreciate it.