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Stolen Innocence

Posted: Thursday, April 16

Pastor Ken Beach // Creative Arts & Executive Pastor

Pastor Ken Beach // Creative Arts & Executive Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Joshua 13:1-14:15
Luke 18:1-17
Psalm 85:1-13
Proverbs 13:7-8 

 

Verse of the day:

Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.” (Luke 18:16)


Peter records how much it displeased Jesus when he saw His disciples pushing back the mothers and their little ones. His interest in the little children was real. It was primary; not merely secondary. And because of the childlikeness of these little ones, they were eager to win a smile or perhaps a touch from Him; for the people regarded Jesus as the children's Friend. It also seems to have been the practice of Jewish mothers to bring their babes to famous rabbis, and to ask these teachers to bless their little ones. 

 

In this passage, Jesus makes the child the model for those who seek entrance into the kingdom of God; not the adult the example for the children. For it is childlike faith and acceptance that is being modeled, and that opens the doors of Heaven.  

 

None are too little, or too young to be brought to Christ. He knows how to show kindness to those not capable of doing service to him. It is the mind of Christ that little children should be brought to him, and the invitation extends to adults as well as long as we recognize that His promise of acceptance cannot be earned. We must receive his kingdom as children, not by purchase, and must recognize it as a gift from our Heavenly Father.

 

Let us challenge ourselves today to divest ourselves of the things that fill our lives with the kind of clutter that will rob us. Rob us of the kind of innocence Jesus is referring to when he says, “Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”