Religion is a serious and sombre affair. It requires decorum and order. The holiness of the act needs to be entered into with due reverence and contrition. Well so much for religion! Jesus called for faith and relationship, not outward acts of rehearsed piety.
A great example of this was when in Luke 18:16-17 people attempted to stop children from being brought to Him.
But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.
Our relationship with God needs to be with the same wonder, innocence, and joy as that of children. Let’s face it we have all been children, and been someone’s child. Think of the relationship we have with parents. We were (are) dependent, somewhat obedient, and generally trusting. God calls on us to be the same way with Him.
Too often, we get caught up in our own “maturity” and like unruly youths – try it our own way. If we are honest we often get it wrong. Let us be humble to the examples of the Father, and our older brother – Jesus. Let us not over emphasize “our” positions or roles. Definitely let’s not make our worship – “religion.”
Let us seek relationship. Let us crave guidance and nurture from above. Let us be as little children. Incidentally, children do make noise, sing, and fidget. So much for solemnity.