What is a child?
What characterizes most young children?
Many other attributes may come to mind, but overall they are quite the opposite of adults. Adults are more hypocritical, wanting to look good on the outside.
Adults are calculating, intentional, burdened, busy, overcomplicated, and sinful.
The disciples saw only the frivolity and disruptions the children brought, not the genuine seeking. They complicated the situation and began to shoo the children away from their precious Master.
Fortunately, Jesus doesn’t miss a thing. Not just drawing the children to himself, but challenging the disciples and generations to follow to examine themselves for how they approach God’s throne. His response — ” 14But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” 16And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them. ~Mark 10:14-16~
Amazing. While this speaks specifically of salvation and our humbling before Him to enter His family, the application can go a bit further. Daily we need to surrender to him. Not remaining immature in our faith, but remaining ever reliant on Him. Tucked under His wings, working only through His power, living obediently to His Lordship.
Take some time to watch a young child in a secure family at play and you can’t help seeing the lack of inhibitions and the unrestrained love for parents.
My love for my Father should be so unashamedly exhibited. My reliance so blatant. As a child.