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Childlike Faith

Mark 10.13-16
And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.
It was customary for parents to bring their children to the rabbis for a blessing, and so it was reasonable that they would bring the little ones to Jesus. Some were infants in arms (see Luke 18.15) while others were young children able to walk, and He welcomed them all.

The disciples probably thought they were doing Jesus a favor by helping Him protect His time and conserve His strength. In other words, they did not consider the children to be important! Their attitude was strange because Jesus had already taught them to receive the children in His name and to be careful not to cause any of them to stumble (see Mark 9.36-37). Once again, they forgot what He had taught them.

How does someone have a child’s kind of faith, as emphasized by Jesus? It means having the simple, trusting attitude that children show to adults on whom they depend. Jesus wants his people to:

  • enjoy prayer by delighting in His company,
  • find ways in a busy day to read the Bible enthusiastically,
  • seek God’s help in any problem and rely on Him for guidance, and
  • above all, trust explicitly in His promises.

Children do all that with adults who love them. How much more should believers have that attitude toward Jesus who loves them? Do you have childlike faith? It’s the only way into the kingdom of God.

Pastor Jeff
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