“And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. 15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. 16 And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.” Mark 10:13-16 (KJV)
Jesus loves children. There is much adults could learn from children, if we would only listen and watch them. We could learn to trust again.
Our area of the world collapses at times; friends forsake us by lying about us, betraying us, and our parents even can let us down at times. As parents we get disappointed by our children’s behavior at times, and we need to discipline them to show them the right and correct way. We can learn from them when we don’t see them as being in the way.
Little children are not without sin, because we are all born into sin. One thing we can learn from children is “Trust”. When a child trusts their parents, mother or father, they rely on them completely. If a dad says to his son, “Come on now and jump off the end of the porch, and I will catch you.”; most of the time the boy will jump into his daddy’s arms (unless daddy has caused the son not to trust him). That is the kind of trust we must put in our Heavenly Father, and the finished work of Jesus on the cross. Children are dependent upon their parents. They trust them to provide their food, shelter, clothing, and security. Children are secure with their parents. The only way this would not be so is, if the parent(s) are brutal, mean and abusing to their children. I think it would be a bad parent who would teach a child not to trust anyone; even themselves.
When we become adults we often forget about trusting God. Troubling things happen, and we can find no help in our own abilities, our own strength; like in a sickness, a debilitating accident, a major life changing event; something we had no control over. When these things happen we need the “faith of a child”, and put our trust completely in the Lord.
“Receiving the kingdom of God as a little child” would be trusting so completely that they look no where else for security or any other need. Is God able to supply our need for salvation? Most assuredly. Is He able to supply our “Daily bread” [our daily needs]; again, most assuredly. Some of us get a little off on this latter thing, though. We can believe that God is able to provide our salvation, but when it comes to meeting daily needs, we kind of tend to leave that in our own hands. Is that the heart of a child. These verses are not talking of remaining immature in faith, but having that unwavering trust in the Lord no matter what the case may be.
Without this kind of faith no one can enter the kingdom of God.
-Tim A. Blankenship