When we look at how Jesus loved the little children that parents brought to Him for a blessing, how do we get our own priority rightly aligned with Him – our only hope is in Jesus.
This episode with the children teaches us to hope – He graciously received these children and He has not forgotten us. As we commit ourselves to being followers of Jesus, let us be disposed to become as little children.
With the amiable simplicity of children, let’s put ourselves into the hands of Jesus and refer ourselves to His pastoral and parental care. May we be born again by His Spirit and formed anew by His grace. Only then can we participate in the inheritance and become children of God through the resurrection.
When we become helpless we become hopeful. Jesus sees those coming as children as those who belong to the kingdom of God. They come to Jesus with the help of others. There is hope and expectation when we talk about being part of the family of God. We do not know all that we need, but we know we need the help of others. We may bring nothing ourselves but empty hands – actually, empty hands can be filled.
If our attitude in this world is to – expect the worst, hope for the best – we need this message today. The more we trust and believe by faith, the more we will begin to live in the freedom that God is in control.
People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them. – Mark 10:13-16