In a time when people viewed children as distracting annoyances, Jesus intentionally prioritized them. Not only should we prioritize children, but we should start acting like them when it comes to the Kingdom of God.
13 And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. 14 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. 15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” 16 And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.
Including Children (Mark 10:13-14)
- In Jesus’ day, people viewed children as burdens instead of blessings.
- The only time Scripture describes Jesus as indignant is when people were trying to hinder children from coming to Him.
- We must evaluate as individuals and as a church if we helping or hindering a child’s view of Jesus.
- The ideal discipleship environment is for a family to be close together and close to Jesus.
- You don’t have to tell your children what your priorities are – your actions have already told them.
Imitating Children (Mark 10:15-16)
- Jesus eagerly welcomes children ready to receive salvation.
- The job of parents is to discern the motive of a child’s desire to become a Christian.
- The kingdom of God is always received and never rewarded.
- Child-life faith is not only sufficient – it is mandatory.
- To come to Jesus, we must realize that we have nothing to bring but our immaturity and incapability.
- How are you including children in your pursuit of Jesus?
- How are you imitating children in your pursuit of Jesus?