CHILDREN ARE OUR GREATEST ASSET
One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him. 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. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.
Mark 10:13-16 NLT
In our passage today we see a great contrast between God’s kingdom and the culture of Jesus’ day. In the culture of that day children were considered property and had little value. The disciples would have considered it a waste of Jesus’ time to bless children. He had more important things to do than to mess with children. Jesus was quick to point out the value of a child. Jesus teaches that the wise all must come to God with childlike faith. We must recognize our dependence on God and place our full trust in Him. I have known many people, even some ministers, who didn’t have time for children. They felt they were too important or smart to spend time with children. I have come to realize children have a great sense that tells them the heart of a person. If someone is rude to children or scares children, there is something wrong with the character of that person. You can’t hide your true character from a child. For those of us in the church world we must remind ourselves that children are the greatest asset God has given us. We should always prioritize children in the planning and ministry of the church. We should be careful not to shortchange our children’s ministry. That is the lifeblood of the church. To be like children means when we have a problem, we take it to our Heavenly Father. We recognize our limitations and simply take every care to Father God.
Holy Spirit help me to be like a child. Help me to trust my Heavenly Father and come to Him in my times of need. Help me to also love children the way God has loved me.
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