HOST: Ron House
And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.
“Children are to be seen and not heard.” Have you ever heard this statement made, or if you haven’t heard it said out loud, you have perhaps seen it played out in the attitudes and actions of people. Children can be restless, active, and distracting at times. And we are often nowhere more intolerant of those qualities than at church. “Why can’t they be quiet?” “Why can’t they sit still?” “Why doesn’t someone take them out?” When we adopt these attitudes, we come dangerously close to the behavior of the disciples who rebuked those bringing children to Jesus. They felt like the children were just getting in the way. Jesus had too many important things to do to be wasting His time with children. They forgot that each one of those children had a soul and was loved by God. Jesus was “indignant” with them and reminded them of the wonderful qualities and hearts that children have that we would all do well to emulate. Let us encourage those who are trying to bring their children to Jesus, and may we all strive to become like little children before God.
What qualities do children have that we should emulate?
Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!