God’s Children

” Let the children come to me and do not hinder them.  It is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.” 

Mark 10:14

I was reading that Bible passage one day as my children were noisily playing in the room below.  I thought about how the adults wanted to hinder the children from going to Jesus; how sad.  How many times do we hinder ourselves from going to Him?  We are too busy, too afraid, too embarrassed or too proud to need Him, whatever the reason.

But the kingdom of God belongs to children because they are naturally receptive, loving, unburdened by the world’s cares.  When children play, they enter all kinds of worlds we adults no longer know.  We get stuck in our busyness, stress, affluenza, and the kingdom isn’t about any of that.  Interestingly, the next section in the Bible is about the danger of riches!

I mentioned this Bible story to my children and my youngest blurted out, “Me want mama!”  Precisely!  To desire Jesus as much as a child desires mama, because to a child mama is life, just as Jesus is life to all of us.