Matthew 19: 14, 15 – “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.”
A few Sundays ago I was attending our church service with my daughter and my one year old grandson as we usually do. As the sermon started my grandson Bryson began to fidget and wanted to walk up and down along the pew; this is normal so my daughter allows it. On this Sunday Bryson began to push the boundaries and walked all the way to the edge of the pew and stood at the edge of the main aisle. Friends of my daughter were on the other side of the aisle and were motioning for Bryson to come visit them, with a nod of encouragement from his mother Bryson stepped out into the main aisle and began to walk to the other side. To our astonishment he walked right up to and reached out for the older man sitting in front of our friends. The man looked to my daughter for permission, she nodded, and he picked up Bryson and sat him on his lap. My grandson sat there, kicked back, engrossed in the sermon for fifteen minutes and then as quickly got down and walked back over to us. Oh the beauty of a child.
Is it any wonder why Jesus speaks so highly of children? There is an inborn innocence, an innate trust, a natural boldness, and an unconditional love found in children that most adults have long since replaced for worldly characteristics. We have been trained to push these characteristics aside in order that we might survive this world; then we were handpicked by God and made “new creations” and yet many of us Christians still hold on to our worldly traits. But Jesus tells us that “the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these”; innocent, trusting, bold, and loving. These childlike traits are still within us we were born with them (created in God’s own image), and then “reborn” with them. So learn a lesson from a one year old toddler, set aside “the old creature” and become like a child again through Christ our Savior.