Greedy Gratitude 30 Day Devotional
Day 7 - Children
“One day some parents brought their little children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But when the disciples saw this, they scolded the parents for bothering him. Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.””
Can you imagine a world without children? What if we were just born into this world as adults? Number one, that would be a tough pregnancy and two, looking through glass and seeing a bunch of adults laying in beds wouldn’t be as much fun! Children are completely a gift from God. They come in all shapes and sizes. They share distinct personalities. They make us laugh. They make us stress. But the joy they bring is beyond what we can express. Jesus knew this. In this passage we see the desperation of parents fighting to get their child blessed by the miracle worker. All they wanted was a touch. All they were looking for was to receive this Son of God’s blessing. But then, the hammer falls. Not on the children but on the parents. The disciples try to break up the moment “scolding’ the parents for bringing such an unimportant request to their boss, the Savior.
think that can happen too often, even today. Children can get lost in the shadows of our lives. Amidst our busy lives they can become just part of the picture instead of being in the center. We can often whisk them away like the disciples to take care of more important things. But Jesus never leaves a person or a child without letting them know of their importance. I love that he calls them back. Turning around, those children see his shining face smiling…laughing…loving. They run back to him and I like to think wrestled him to the ground. Through the rolling on the grassy field, we hear him say between deep breaths…“Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”
I hear him say that often to me…. “Come to me as a child.” I never want to lose that wonder. Adulthood is hard enough, right? Sometimes it would do us all a little good to act like a child. Maybe not the tantrums or asking to play with someone else’s birthday gifts at the party…but adopting again the simple way children trust. The simple way they love. Whether you have children in your quiver or they are grown and gone, take a moment today to observe one and ask yourself what can this child teach me about living life. Drive by an elementary school recess and roll your window down listening to the laughter and allow that freedom to be alive today and lift your spirit. Thank you Lord for filling this earth with children!
ACTION STEP: Do something awesome today for a child. Whether it’s one of your own or someone else’s…make it a point to reach out. Pick them up an ICEE or an ice cream cone. Color a page out of a coloring book with them. Maybe even take them to a park and play on a grassy knoll. I guarantee you, their love and zest for life will speak to yours.