What about Children?

Sadly, some folk think children have to be given time to gain understanding of Spiritual Truth. They tell a child to wait until they are a little older before they think about coming to Jesus. They may actually hinder a child from coming to Jesus. The disciples made that mistake in Mark 10: 13. We are told: “And they brought young children to Him, that He should touch them: and His disciples rebuked those that brought them.” Those that brought the children wanted Jesus to touch them. The disciples assumed that Jesus was too busy to give time to children. Jesus noticed this. In verses 14-16, He expressed His displeasure and corrected His disciples: “But when Jesus saw (it), He was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And He took them up in his arms, put (His) hands upon them, and blessed them.” First, Jesus told them to let the children come to Him. So should we! Then, He used the incident to teach an important lesson. Unless we come to Jesus as a little child, we will not enter the kingdom of God. How does a little child come? They come willing and open, with a simple trust, uncluttered with a lot of skepticism. Jesus welcomed them, placed them in His arms, touched them, and blessed them. B. R. Hanby’s simple song, “We Come in Childhood’s Joyfulness,” explains this way of coming: “We come in childhood’s innocence, we come as children free! We offer up, O God! our hearts, in trusting love to Thee. Well may we bend in solemn joy at Thy bright courts above: well may the grateful child rejoice in such a Father’s love. We come not as the mighty come: not as the proud we bow; but as the pure in heart should bend, seek we Thine altars now. Forbid them not, the Savior cried, but let them come to Me;  O Savior dear, we hear Thy call, we come, we come to Thee.” Selah! With hearts unburdened by life’s distractions and doubts, children are joyful in the Savior’s love. Older people who, over the years, have been hardened by life’s experiences and wrong thinking may find it will keep them from coming to Jesus.   Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com

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