KINGDOM AND GARDEN
Read: Mark 10:13-16
” 13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 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.15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms,placed his hands on them and blessed them. ” (NIV Mark 10:13-16)
Study: It appears clear that Jesus loved children, and children loved him. Mark said Jesus was angry with his stern, overly “grown up” disciples. After he made it clear he welcomed the children, Mark added the lovely eyewitness detail that Jesus “hugged the children and blessed them.” Later, as children loudly sang his praise in ways that upset the Temple’s religious leaders, Jesus came down firmly on the children’s side. That’s God’s kingdom—like a garden it takes a child-like spirit to fully enjoy! What aspects of child-likeness did Jesus’ enemies most need to be more open to God’s Kingdom? Are there any of those aspects that you, too, want to ask God to help grow in your life?
Pray: Lord Jesus, please keep me from ever growing too old inside to join the joyous, trusting circle of children you welcomed. Keep my heart fresh, flexible and smiling as I follow you. Amen.