Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
(Matthew 19:14 NIV)
I love children. If I’m speaking to someone and a child happens to be around, I’ll start paying attention to the child instead. But I come from a culture where children are not always well received, and I believe that this is the situation we find in today’s passage. The parents gladly brought their children for Jesus to bless (the wisest thing any parent can do), but the disciples tried to prevent them from getting to Jesus because they thought that children were a nuisance and Jesus wouldn’t want them around Him. But Jesus corrected His yet again mistaken disciples by teaching them (and us) how to enter heaven through the simple trusting faith of little children.
A few years ago, I was blessed to spend time with my best friend’s daughter, Leila. With her mother by her side, Leila didn’t have to worry about a thing. I envied her carefree and cheerful attitude. But then I was reminded that this is what God, our Father, wants to do for us if we would just trust Him like a little child. So let’s come to Him with a child-like faith and trust Him to bless us because He is more than willing to do so.
Come to God with the simple trusting faith of a child and receive His blessing.