Jesus Calls us to Come as Children

Children have unfailing trust in people. They don’t believe anyone would purposely do or say anything that wasn’t true or right. That is how Jesus wants us to come to Him, with unfailing trust. Our Scripture today shows us this. Jesus was among the people and they were bringing babies and little children for Him to bless. The Disciples rebuked them and told them not to bother Jesus with the little ones. “People were bringing infants to him so that he might touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them.  Jesus, however, invited them: ‘Let the little children come to me, and don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’” (Luke 18:15-17 CSB)

Jesus loves their innocent way of looking at the world. They believe anything anyone tells them because they never even consider the idea that anyone would hurt them. That innocence is what Jesus is looking for. Jesus says no one can enter Heaven unless they come to Him like a child. He wants us to come to Him with a simple childlike faith in Him, believing He loves us and that He will always walk with us, and trust in His work of salvation by His death on the Cross for our sins. Children naturally gravitated toward Jesus. They trusted Him completely. Jesus loved them and they knew it.

As adults, we sometimes lose that simple trust. We have seen too much of what this world has to offer, and most times it isn’t good. We become jaded and trusting people is difficult for us. Sometimes, those who have great learning come to Jesus like the Pharisees, full of pride about how good they are and how they’ve followed all the rules. Jesus often rebuked the Pharisees and Sadducees about their attitudes. They thought they could get into Heaven because of who they were, not Who they knew and trusted in. In his commentary on Luke, Leon Morris states, “The Master called the children and made them welcome. He went on to point out that it is the childlike to whom the kingdom of God belongs. It is not a proud recital of virtues {cf. the Pharisee, 1 if.) that brings men into the kingdom, but whole-hearted trust like that of a child. The negative is also true. Unless a man receives the kingdom like a child he will never enter it. Children show us the way in their utter dependence, their unworldliness, their openness, the completeness of their trust.”

We need to come to Jesus just like children, and trust in Him. Relinquish control of our lives to Him, believe that everything He does is for our good, and follow Him.

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