“Through the Eyes of a Child”
Posted: Monday, January 29
Verse of the day:
13 One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could lay his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him.14 But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” 15 And he placed his hands on their heads and blessed them before he left. (Matthew 19:13-14)
In a world dangerous to children, loving parents wanted to bring their children to Jesus. If He would bless them, pray for them, place His hands on them, then surely those children would be protected, healed, and blessed. Who could blame them? They had seen the amazing things Jesus had done for others. They loved their children. Jesus himself had talked about letting children come to him.
Why would the disciples stop them? Maybe for it's the same reason we do at times. We get distracted by other things and let them take us, and our children, away from the Lord. Maybe we let problems with our spouse destroy the peace and harmony in our home and crush our children's hearts. We get involved in important religious things and forget to involve our children in our spiritual journey.
No matter what, Jesus' message is clear: "Quit! Quit getting in the way of the children from coming to me!" Let's not only hear his words, but let's respond to them, especially in the context they are uttered here. His admonishment also carries with it a very pointed message; “For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” That’s a direct message to the parents of the time, as well as to you and me—a message that is carried forward from that time to today. Not only do we need to open the door of the Kingdom to them, but then we, ourselves, must enter in as child with the same wide eyed faith and expectation as they do.
We need to be aware of the children we have around us, and that God wants us to help bring them to Jesus. And then learn from there example of pure trust.