Rising Joy, Vicki Matheny
Now people were bringing little children to him for him to touch, but the disciples scolded those who brought them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” After he took the children in his arms, he placed his hands on them and blessed them. Mark 10.13-16
Jesus was a busy man. He had many lectures to give and many miracles to do. Why did these people think that he had time to spend with their children? Or, so the disciples thought, to the point that they were scolding these parents.
Jesus had a different reaction than they expected. He told them to let the children come to him. They were not to even think about stopping them. The kingdom of God belongs to such people as children. God’s kingdom is made up of people who have certain qualities that we often associate with well-behaved children. Children are loving, quick to forgive, and obedient. These are characteristics that the disciple of Jesus needs to have. They are full of trust for the one that loves them and will follow them anywhere. Is that not the way we should be toward Jesus as our Shepherd?
It is so important that we teach our children to be obedient to us as parents. It sets the stage for their obedience to God as they grow older. In turn, let us learn from our children how to be humble and full of trust for the one who is able to save our souls.
How to enter the Kingdom of God? Richard Mansel shows the way in The Most Important Question.