Today, we read about Jesus and the children. Listen to what happens in Luke 18:15-17:
Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, Let the children come to me, and 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.
I mean, we love kids, right? Everyone of us, particularly those of us in families, we value our kids above, well, most everyone and everything.
That’s the lives that we lead today.
That wasn’t the case in Jesus’ day. Back then, children were little more than property. Children weren’t that important.
In the mind of the disciples, Jesus literally had a million things more important to fool with than children.
But, that’s not what Jesus believed.
For Him, thought the children may not have mattered to the crowd. Or the disciples. Or even to society. They matter to Him. For He loved them. He valued them. He came for them.
And, instead of rebuking the children, he rebuked the adults. He said it’s not the children are unworthy. But if we want to see the kingdom of heaven, we must become like that child.
We must have simple faith. Simple trust. Simple belief.
Today, do we have that? Do we have that simple childlike faith? Even though it may seem naive. Even though it may be looked down upon by the world. Even though it may simple.
It’s what the Lord wants us to have.
And remember that they looked down on these simple children. And the Lord welcomed them in.
Just like, when we have that simple childlike faith, He will welcome us in.
Today, may we have that childlike faith. May we trust. And in that trust, may we glorify God with all that we are!
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