Children of Faith, Part 8

Jesus had a special place in his heart for the children. Children seem to have recognized something in Him too…

We read in Matthew 21 were, after He cleaned out the temple and began healing the blind and infirm there that children were crying out to Him, saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” Then the holy men who saw this, completely frustrated and infuriated by what was happening, said to Jesus, “do you hear what they are saying? Do you hear these children!” Jesus turned to them and answered, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise’?”

Jesus blesses the children
Jesus blessing little children

The Lord used children to teach us how to be too. We read in Matthew 18:1–4 of a time when the disciples came to Jesus and asked Him, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

Jesus didn’t answer immediately, but called a child to Him, setting the little one down in the midst of them. And then Jesus spoke. Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.

Friends, we are called to be the Children of God. We are called to be humble and capable of instruction, like little ones. We are called to look to our Father in Heaven just like a young child looks to their good Earthly father, in love and trust. We are to set the desires and ambitions of the flesh aside, and just simply be Children of God.

Jesus told them, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

You know what I’m hearing in this?

Let the little children come to me.” No matter the age of the believer, whether nine or ninety-nine, the call stands: “Let the little children come to me…

Jesus wasn’t done though. He had more to say. Look at what comes next…

Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me. But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”

Jesus was very clear in His warning against leading the children astray, causing them to turn away from God in sin. There are so many in our world today, I’m afraid, who fall into this category, who are leading the children away in droves.

As a parent, I want no part of that. I don’t ever want to discourage my child or any other from a walk with God. As parents, we are called to go the other way. We should be encouraging our children to see God and appreciate what he does!

The message continues next time…


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