Jesus was teaching one day and some parents showed up with their kids. (Mark 10:13-16) There's no indication that these children were in need of healing - the parents just were hoping that Jesus would give them some attention and a blessing.
However, this was seen as an interruption - at least by the disciples. They tried to shoo the kids away - wasn't there a Children's Church they could go to so the adults wouldn't be bothered while they listened to Jesus?
Jesus wasn't a proponent of sending them off to hang out with kids of their own age (after all, he had hung out with the teachers and elders in the temple at the ripe old age of 12). But he didn't stop at welcoming the children and blessing them; he turned to the adults in the crowd and told them they needed to be like the children.
"Unless you accept God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in."
So what does this mean? It's not about being childish. It's about being child-like in accepting what God says as the truth. Our so-called sophistication too often gets in the way of all that God wants us to experience. During the next few Sundays we'll be looking at who God says that he is and working on believing it with the faith of a child. We start this Sunday, August 11th, with the truth that God is FOR me. I hope you can join us.
Thoughts about living as a Jesus follower and life at Community Covenant Church