Luke 18:15–17 (ESV)
Let the Children Come to Me
15 Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom
of God. 17 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
It is interesting that children are often ignored as being bothersome. In church,
people stir and stare at infants who cry or make noises. Churches often vote on issues that take care of the needs of adults, but vote down things that would benefit kids. Now... this is not the case all the time or in all churches, but it does
happen. Take this into mind when people were bringing infants to Jesus that he might touch them. The disciples rebuked them, probably thinking that they are disturbing Jesus or wasting his valuable time (he could be teaching, preaching, healing,
or at least talking with the adults). But Jesus looks at children differently. Jesus says: “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 17 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the
kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” Children are important to Jesus because they are part of the Kingdom too! Children are new to Christianity and the Bible says they have faith.
I pray: O Lord, help me to always take time to spend with all God’s people, even children and infants. For the Kingdom belongs to them as well. I pray that children are always well received with love. Amen.