Encounters with Jesus: Little Children

“What would Jesus do?”  This is a useful question to ask ourselves when we’re considering an action or a reaction; or when facing a major decision. We’re maybe not so impressed when others – especially those who don’t share our faith – want to judge our standards or behaviour by how they think Jesus would respond if he was in our situation.

“What would Jesus do?”  On at least one occasion, his disciples tried to anticipate this.  They got it horribly wrong!

People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He 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. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.  Mark 10:13-16

Jesus was a busy man.  He came to establish his Father’s kingdom on earth; to minister to the very real needs of the people of his time; to prepare the hearts and minds of his followers to continue his work, once his time on earth had concluded.  Would he interrupt his busy schedule to spend time with some little children?  “Surely not!” his disciples thought.  What a waste of his precious time!

Of course I will! was Jesus’ response.  And in rebuking his followers for their presumption, he established for us, and for all time, the importance of children in his Father’s economy.  “The kingdom of God belongs to such as these,” he tells us.  And he tells adults that we must come to him with childlike simplicity in our faith and trust. What an experience for those little children – and their parents – as Jesus took the children in his arms and blessed them!

FOR REFLECTION:

  • We must not hinder our little children from coming to Jesus. Is there anything in our attitudes or family/church structures we should change?
  • Is there a difference between “childlike” and “childish”? How can I retain a childlike faith and trust, while moving towards the maturity Jesus expects in his followers?
  • “What would Jesus do?” It’s only as I really get to know him – as he really is – that my lifestyle choices will be a true reflection of him.

PRAYER:

Thank you, Father, for making the way back to you so simple that a little child may easily enter your presence.  Forgive us when we try to make it complicated.  Take our children in your arms today, and bless them again, we pray.  Guard us from presumption when it comes to understanding your will and your ways.  Draw us close to yourself, so our actions, our attitudes and priorities will be a reflection of Jesus, in whose name we pray.  AMEN

 

SONG:  Jesus Strong and Kind by Shades Mountain Baptist Church –  https://youtu.be/D59v3IX8A8k