Mark 10: 13-16: Child-like

“13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’ 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them. ” NIV

There’s a song that says, ‘I’m growing up to be a child.’ There’s a lot in that. The child-like heart is important to Jesus.

Children are important to Jesus. This short passage shows His personal love, His personal touch. This attitude to its youngest members should be reflected in every church. Let us not do anything to ‘’hinder’’ them.

I am grateful that I spent my formative years in churches where children were valued and prayed for. This was reflected in the Sunday Schools, and in the lovely older people who took time to show interest in a very young and shy Stephen Thompson. They were kind and encouraging and prayerful. They made room for the expression of embryonic gifts in public speaking. The personal touch was evident in these smaller churches.

I remember a Sunday School teacher called Hilda Green. A spinster, she prepared faithfully for her class week by week. She played the harmonium, and told us the stories of Jesus we loved to hear. This was not high-tech; it was by no means sophisticated. But we were loved and taught and prayed for by a godly lady who had no children of her own, but she may well be surrounded by a family of them in heaven.

Children and young people matter. The churches I knew, when younger, never gave me any other impression. Looking back, I can say I feel Jesus took me up in His arms and blessed me; I knew His personal touch through the hands of His loving people – and not least, through the personal ministry of my parents.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, we have often felt your Hands of blessing placed upon us in the loving touch of others, and we want to say ‘thank you’ for the difference they have made.