15 And they were bringing even their babies to Him so that He would touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they began rebuking them.
16 But Jesus called for them, saying, “Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
17 Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.”
In ancient cultures, children were to be seen but not heard.
They had no social status and were considered unimportant in society. They were on the outer fringe until they were old enough to contribute. The kids mentioned here were deemed too young to be significant by some in the crowd. The disciples saw them as an inappropriate waste of Jesus’ very important time. Surely He had better things to do with His energy, like teaching and performing miracles, right? They thought such distractions should be avoided. But Jesus had another idea. He reprimanded and thwarted the attempts to keep the children away from Him.
God shows no discrimination. He loves all ages, races, and sexes equally. The lesson here is that everyone, even children, are welcome in God’s kingdom. We all have a place there. God values each of us, and no age is too young for God to care about. No one is too young to be used in ministry by God. We are all important to Him!
And parents, there’s a lesson for us here, too. As a mom or dad, you should be doing all you can to introduce your children to Jesus. Everything we do should be pointing them to Him. The best thing you can do for your babies is to bring them to Jesus. Children, especially infants, are completely dependent on parents to meet their needs. They trust us to provide. In the same way, we should be totally dependent on God alone.
We can trust Him to take care of us in the way that is best for us.
- What can we learn from children? How does this passage teach us to approach Jesus?
- Do you find it interesting that throughout Scripture, we are never called “adults of God” but always referred to as “children of God”? How does this impact your view of your relationship with God as Father?
- Pray for childlike faith. Pray for God to restore the joy of your salvation as in the days of your youth.