Today’s Scripture Reading: Luke 18:9-14,Mark 10:1-12, Matthew 19:1-12, Mark 10:13-16, Matthew 19:13-15, Luke 18:15-17, Mark 10:17-31, Matthew 19:16-30, Luke 18:18-30
Let me show you a picture of my grandchildren! Four of them are missing in this picture, but it was a rare photo opportunity to get this many of them together !
The one, true, living God of the universe spoke each of them into existence.
God could have chosen a million different ways to fill His earth, but He chose to do it through children…
Jesus made sure we knew the value of children. He also told us that the only way we can receive the Kingdom of God is like a child:
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. –Mark 10:13-16
How do we receive the Kingdom of God like a child?
- Children are helpless, unable to save themselves
- Totally dependent on the mercy and grace of God
- A child enjoys much but can explain very little
- Children live by faith
- They trust others to take care of them
- Children immediately go to their parents when they are hurt or have a problem
Wiersbe, Warren W.: The Bible Exposition Commentary
It’s so easy for children to believe in and have faith in God. I see this in my grandkids. When we pray for them to feel better, they believe they will.
They wholeheartedly believe God…
- Is who He says He is
- Will do what He says He will do
How do we go from a little child who totally believes in God and believes God, to doubting who He is and what he says?
The pull of this sinful world is huge. From the time a child is conceived a battle begins…a battle for their soul. That’s why we must train up our children in the ways of God and the things of God (Proverbs 22:6); so that when they grow up they still have child-like faith.
Children are a gift from God (Psalm 127:3). Lord, help me to live a life that leads my grandchildren straight to you.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!
© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Matthew 20:1-6, Mark 10:32-34, Matthew 20:17-19, Luke 18:31-34, Mark 10:35-45, Matthew 20:20-34, Mark 10:46-52, Luke 18:35-19:27