Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there. Matthew 19:13-14
The disciples viewed children as a distraction and possibly even an annoyance, but Jesus surprised them by welcoming them to Him. He placed His hands upon them and blessed them. It’s the innocence of a child, their ability to trust without hesitation that leads Christ to use them as a living example. That is what the Lord is trying to teach the disciples both here and in the beginning of chapter 18 (see Matthew 18:1-5 at bottom). It’s the faith, trust and humility of a child that God seeks from us.
We spend our lives accumulating knowledge; however, having knowledge doesn’t necessarily mean we have intelligence. The more we think we know the more we rely on our own limited resources rather then trusting in the living God. It is only when we compare ourselves to the One who knows all things that we realize we truly know nothing of any value. It’s as Solomon proclaims in Ecclesiastes 1:2, “Everything is meaningless … completely meaningless.” * We can only find meaning in God thru His word and a deep, personal association with Him via the Holy Spirit.
We must come to the Lord with a humble, childlike spirit and seek to learn those things that are of eternal importance. It takes childlike faith and trust to move into the spiritual realms the Lord calls us into. Trust in God as a child and live out your life in humble servitude to He who created the sun, the moon and the stars. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resources: The Reformation Study Bible; The Asbury Bible Commentary.
* The New Living Translation; Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; 2006.
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. Matthew 18:1-5