Child-Like is Not Child-ish
Posted: Monday, February 29
Verse of the day:
When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. 15 I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” (Mark 10:14-15)
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.
I think sometimes we are too quick to look past the simpler things in life—too quick to complicate things in the name of maturity. Loosing track of the fact that to the God of the universe we are still very much children. We allow our minds get so cluttered with concerns for things not eternal, that we miss what God is trying to do in us, through us and for us.
Children tend not to have those kind of barriers, and I think Jesus is trying to bring us back to that state of innocence where we can hear Him more clearly. 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.