Our scripture this morning is Mark 10:13-16.
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.
It seems even long ago children were sometimes considered a nuisance. I don’t think the disciples had evil intent, they just didn’t want Jesus bothered, much like when we hush small children during worship. However, Jesus says “let the children come to me” (v. 14), letting us know that they are important to Him and to the kingdom.
He tells us “anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it” (v.15), an indication that children have something to teach us. Their desire to know more and their willingness to do new and different things are how we should approach our faith. God always has more to share with us and more for us to do.
We must reach out to others with the gifts we have been given, ready to follow Jesus as our teacher. We must learn heavenly lessons like children, growing in our relationship with God and one another. When Jesus said “let the children come to me”, he meant all of us.
Loving Lord, help us to see that everyone has a part to play in sharing the Gospel, no matter how young or old we are. Bless us to watch over those who are still learning and lead them to know your love. Amen.