But Jesus had different thoughts. Matthew, Mark, and Luke all tell us Jesus rebuked the disciples and said to them, “’Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.' And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them" (Mark 10:14-15).
I just love that Jesus made time for the children. This shows us his great love. I think this is a call for us to bring our children to Jesus. We need to make sure that we are introducing our children to Jesus even at a young age. It’s not up to the church to teach them about Jesus. We need to be leading them in our homes day in and day out.
This also shows us that the gospel is not meant to be complicated like we sometimes try to make it. It is simple enough for a child to understand and believe. In fact, Jesus said it takes childlike faith to come to Him.
I remember talking to my mom about my son accepting Jesus as his Savior later that day and wondering if he really knew what he was doing at just five years old. She reminded me that we are the ones that make it so difficult. The more we know, the more difficult we try to make it. However, it is simple, childlike faith that brings us close to Him.
Maybe you, like me, have gotten caught up in all the do’s and don'ts, all the rules and requirements. Maybe we need to go back to the basics and come to Christ again like a child.
May we trust Him.
Memory Verse: “Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Luke 18:17 NIV
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