“People were bringing little children to Jesus to have Him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. 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. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’” – Mark 10:13-15
Jesus saw value in people. I love that about Jesus. Even when everyone around Him was oblivious. Even when those closest to Him were blinded by their own nearsightedness. Jesus saw Kingdom potential in everyone.
“Anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” A child lives in the moment. A child throws caution to the wind. A child holds nothing back. A child loves with her whole heart.
Jesus calls for two actions in these words: 1) That we would come to Him as a child – trusting, loving, believing, willing. And 2) that we would see Kingdom potential in children.
At the time of this writing Danny and our youth group have been in West Point, Nebraska for almost a week. One of the primary reasons for their trip is to invest in the hearts and lives of hundreds of children in the community through a VBS they’ve been planning for weeks. Not only is God at work within them, drawing them closer to Him and to one another, but He is at work through them, revealing Christ to the children of West Point, Nebraska.
As well, we are anticipating and planning our Family Bible Fair, July 30-August 1 here at WE. A time as a church to bless the lives of children and see them grow in the Kingdom. This Sunday is a crucial day of planning. Don and Nancy will be tying together loose ends Sunday morning (please come by and see them at the information table in the foyer) and we will have an important meeting at 4:30p for all of those involved. I encourage each of you to not only come to the Family Bible Fair and bring your children or grandchildren (or anyone else’s children for that matter) but to also consider how you might invest in the lives of the children who will be a part of this event.
Glory to God!