Luke 18:15-17; Mark 10:16
Some thougths as a consequence of reading these verses:
- Parents, take your little ones to church. (The rest of us better pray for them instead of criticizing them, even when those little ones get noisy or intemperate.)
- Also take them to Jesus in prayer often.
- God bless parents with a Jesus-aware commitment to their children.
- Never get in the way of a child being brought into Jesus' presence. Unless, of course, you want Jesus to be displeased with you.
- Learn to bless children (and their parents).
- Jesus wasn't too busy or too important to give positive attention to the children. (Notice, these are others' children we're talking about.)
- Infants and little children are safe in Jesus. In their innocence, they are yet citizens of God's heavenly kingdom.
How shall I "receive the kingdom of God as a little child"?
"Little ones to Him belong," says the children's chorus. So let me treat His "property" with carefulness and gentleness. Let me love the objects of His love. Or suffer the consequences.
After all, He said this: "And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me" (Matthew 18:5).
Jesus takes personally how I treat the little ones at school, at church, and even here at home!
Excerpted and adapted from Be Nice to the Little Ones
Children are more likely to be faithful if they have the father's faithfulness to learn from and reflect.
Here is something in which I have not been faithful:
"We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old" (Psalm 44:1).
I am too quiet.
Excerpted from Faithful Fathers; Faithful Children
© Copyright 2016 Mark Roth
The Scripture text is what the international standard Sunday School lesson uses for May 22, 2016.
Posted on 5-22-16 around 6:30 am Pacific