The Most Important Childcare

Someone said: “Win an older person to Christ and you’ve won a few years; win a child to Christ and you’ve won a lifetime..” Children are usually open to receive Jesus, much more than later in life when their hearts have been becoming hardened. They are able, most of the time, to understand much more than we think. They are very apt to be open and trusting, when someone loves them, enjoys them, and takes time to teach them and explain Truth to them. In Mark 9:36-37, Jesus speaks of receiving children; reaching out to them and interacting with them: “And He took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when He had taken him in His arms, He said unto them, “Whosoever shall receive one of such children in My name, receiveth Me: and whosoever shall receive Me, receiveth not Me, but Him that sent Me.” Be open to children, listen to them, answer their questions, guide them and give of yourself to them. Do as Jesus was doing with the child He took up and used to teach His disciples. Edwin H. Bookmyer captures the importance of receiving children. In his hymn, “Jesus Wants the Children,” he reminds us: “Jesus loves the children in all their work and play, He wants them for His kingdom, to come to Him today. Jesus wants the children wherever they may be, in mansion or in cottage, on land or on the sea. Jesus wants the children so weak and prone to stray, He’ll keep and guide and guard them, from Satan’s evil sway.” Selah! What a wonderful Truth Jesus added in His lesson to His disciples: if we receive a child in His name, we receive Him and when we receive Him, we receive the Father!!    Ron

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