Verse of the day.
But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
To understand the context of this verse, you must take a look at the one preceding it and the one which comes after. Jesus was constantly on the move. Teaching, rebuking, answering questions, healing, being everything this sore world needed- an exhausting job description. Surrounded on every side by crowds of people, as usual, he had just finished setting the Pharisees straight on some issues regarding the Law, and here came a group of parents and guardians with their children to see Him.
The disciples did not approve. Noble as their actions might have seemed (to them), Jesus was more than delighted to receive these little ones. Did they even know Who He was? Did they realize the significance of the Master laying His hands on them? Jesus wasn’t concerned about these. He was concerned about them. Overlooking fatigue and “far weightier” issues to be addressed, He pronounced blessings on them and left.
This isn’t all there is to the story, however. He says to His disciples, “God’s Kingdom is made up of people like these,” (MSG) must have sounded rather puzzling. “I must be like a child.” A child? A child.
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Innocence and Pureness of Heart
Many times, Jesus talks about forgiveness. How we should forgive. How we must forgive. A child models this. Children do not hold on to offenses. Scold or spank a child. Five minutes later, what happens? They’re tugging at your clothes, pulling at your arm, like nothing happened. Many times, we think we have the right to stay upset about wrongs done to us. Even so, holding on to these things will be a glass wall between us and God. Hindering relationship. We must learn to drop them as easily as children do.
Children hold on to promises. They don’t care whether you have the ability or resources to deliver on what you’ve said – they don’t even pay the thought any mind – they just hold on to your words. They expect with eagerness. You see them bounce around, telling every and anyone who cares to listen. Whatever they are told, they accept and recount with conviction. A conviction they cannot justify, but are just “sure”. “My Daddy is going to buy me a bicycle”, “My Uncle is going to take me to Disneyland”, “My Teacher said unicorns exist.”
A child has not learned enough to doubt. They live in the moment. They are unaware of how big the world is and have not experienced enough disappointments to be doubtful. We must unlearn the pessimism and cynicism our “experience” afford us and hold on to God’s Word the exact same way.
Children have open hearts. Able to receive. Asking. Learning. Absorbing. That’s what Jesus wanted His disciples to grasp, and us as well. How can God be our Father, if we don’t come before Him with the heart of a child?
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