The Alford Crew

September 27, 2010

~Jesus and Children~

Filed under: Devotional, Family, Favorite Things, General — Kristina @ 2:16 am

“Then they also brought infants to Him that He might touch them; but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid then; for of such is the Kingdom of God.  Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”

Our little guy, Cayden was getting ready for story time-this is a favorite moment in our household.  A book is read or story is told right before eyelids can’t hold open any longer, then the house is relatively quite! oh, except for the five “i gotta go potty…” breaks and “i would like some water…please”.  AND my favorite—“i need love”…this is code for i need another kiss, hug or i love you.  🙂

How can one resist going in the bedroom and giving more kisses and hugs?

I guess this enhances my inquisition as to why the disciples were so put off by these little ones.  Why the need to rebuke? Were the children swinging off the chandeliers at the mountainside meeting? Were they talking while the adults were talking? Maybe it rained right before this particular gathering and puddles were left in the path way up to where Jesus was sitting…Were they stomping in those puddles and splashing everyone in sight? Were they crying because they didn’t feel well? Maybe they were just being persistent and constantly begging “take me to see this Jesus!”, “take me to see Him, pleeeaaaseeee Mommy!” Maybe they were full of hope and trust because they saw light and love in Jesus and were just drawn to Him!  Do you think maybe because children learn behavior from adults and so many adults were intoxicated with getting to this Jesus guy that it got the children all excited as well?

What can we take from my ramblings? I don’t really know, but children are on my heart today, in particular my children. As a mom, i want to lead my kiddos to Jesus on a constant basis until they realize how easy it is for them to just call on Him anytime and participate in loving Him and His Kingdom.

Do children annoy you? If so, may i ask if you have ever tried to remember what it is like being a child? In many ways children are often expected to grow up and have knowledge that most folks have not and don’t acquire until they are 18 or older. This has been brought to my attention a lot in recent years. Children don’t just know to sit still in big meetings…they have to gradually be taught by the grown-ups (parents leading), the have to learn how to behave at home and in public. Adults need to remember how to be like children from time to time as well…

I’m reminded of a song…”Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world…red brown yellow, black and white, we are precious in His sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world.”

You see, we are all children of various ages, Jesus loves you and longs for you to come to Him. Will you enter His kingdom?

If you are part of His Kingdom already, would you please continue to encourage children all around you? Bless them with positive words, with love and acceptance, introduce them to Jesus! What a privilege we have! Participate in your community as a mentor at the local boys and girls clubs, be an awana leader at a local church, volunteer to hold babies addicted to drugs and alcohol in the hospital pediatrics unit, take a turn as a chaperone on a school field trip or help coach a soccer, football, maybe a basketball team. Children need us to be adults, but they need to see our zest for life, our ability to be silly and goofy, to believe in a dream or vision bigger than us…

Please pray for our crew as we live this out day to day in our community, part of our dream and vision is to see children come to Jesus and know His love is greater than anything! We participate in missions, church planting, pastoring etc., all to see this happen. Thanks ahead of time for partnering with us in this!
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