“But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.””
I love this.
As someone who works with littles every day, I get it. I really do.
The Kingdom is for kids!
And those who are like kids. As in, childlike. And that doesn’t mean cute or tiny or mentally or emotionally immature, either.
Think about it.
What are kids like?
Okay, let’s be honest. Kids are loud emotional train wrecks who need constant monitoring because they don’t have the skills they need yet to navigate independently.
Trust me. I know.
But – they have some truly lovely characteristics, which I’m positive Jesus was thinking of during this profoundly accepting and tender scene with His disciples.
For one, they are ridiculously loyal. They love without reservation, even when their love isn’t received or returned as they deserve. They are affectionate and quick to forgive.
They don’t judge. They notice everything – yellow teeth and coffee breath and mistakes made – but they somehow accept your faults without question. Your weakness just is. It’s okay with them. They won’t gloss over it, but their opinion of you doesn’t change because of it.
Unlike most adults I know.
They are spontaneous. They don’t weigh out their words or actions as we adults do. They respond in real time to real situations with all that they are. They are real, and don’t have the means to not be real.
They believe. Their ability to take delight in creation and easily accept that God is behind it – well, the faith of a child is pure, true, and simple.
And we crusted over, cynical, arrogant adults could learn a tip or two from these littles, because the Kingdom truly belongs to them.
I learn from my littles more about spontaneous worship, joy, delight in the small things, and trust than they will ever realize.
How can you an I become more childlike in these ways as we approach our relationship with God?
Because the Kingdom is for kids.
Be open to being more childlike with me?
Father, Your heart belongs to children. You delight in their awe and wonder, their approach to faith, their ability to trust with passion and integrity. Teach us to remain childlike in how we relate to You. Amen.