Let the kids come…

As we grow in the Lord our faith is to mature also. While at the same time never letting go of the wide-eyed wonder of a faith that is childlike. So, how do we mature and show childlike faith? (Matthew 19:13-15) In Jesus’ day, it was customary for Jewish parents to bring their children to rabbis for blessings. Therefore, some brought their kids to Jesus in Matthew 19:13~Then children (παιδίον paidion) were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people. (ESV) The word (παιδίον paidion) or children gives us the word pediatrics and pediatrician. It refers to infants and small children. How many of you brought your children before the Lord to be blessed, dedicated or christened? The parents recognize the power and authority of Jesus and bring their kids to be prayed over. But the disciples rebuke the people—that doesn’t work for our Lord. Matthew 19:14~but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” (ESV) 

This is great news for us, it means we can come, even though we do not completely understand the Bible or God before we are saved. Anyone and everyone who comes to Jesus with childlike faith can enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 19:15~And he laid his hands on them and went away. (ESV) It is important to notice that though Jesus is on a schedule, the timing already set, bound for Jerusalem where He will be arrested and crucified and yet He takes time. I understand what it is to have a schedule, but our emphasis in this life is to be on ministry. Heaven is not limited to adults, so our emphasis shouldn’t be either. To find your place in eternity we must all show childlike faith. 

Today, in an effort to stir up our most holy faith, take time to pray and ask God how you can take a simple step of faith. Just sit quietly as you reflect and listen to what He has to say. Then when you hear, respond. It may be a phone call, email, or text. He may ask you to write a card and mail it to someone, or the Lord may ask you to say something to a person along your day. Whatever it is, take the childlike step and do what the Lord asks and watch as your faith grows.

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