Next Generation IMPACT
Let The Little Children Come
Updated: Mar 13
Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19: 13 -14
Imagine the day Jesus was teaching about the Kingdom of God and a mom decided that she wanted Jesus to bless her daughter. Another parent followed and soon a group of children and parents were headed toward Jesus. The disciples noticed the crowd of parents and children getting closer to Jesus and rebuked them. Now I am sure they thought they were doing what was best for Jesus and the mission but once again, Jesus turned everything upside down and said, "Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them because the kingdom of heaven belongs to them." He went even further and declared that no one will enter His kingdom unless they receive it like a child.
Jesus understands the hearts of all people. He values children and reminds us to be like them in our faith. Scott Sauls gives us something else to think about when he proposes that children, “are our very best teachers when it comes to living authentically in the Kingdom of God. It is their raw honesty and dependence and quickness to run to their parents that show us, more than anything else, how God wants us to relate to Him.”
Think about it. Jesus was talking kingdom principles and connected them to children. Perhaps we are in the best company when we are with children. Let’s value children like Jesus did; we may learn more that we think.