Today at church one of my friends was leading worship. As you know by now, I love the worship there and she was just super duper!
Today we were talking about the children in the church. How church is a safe place for them but also a place where others must be a good example to them. To teach them what is right.
Mark 10: 13-16
‘One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him. When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.’
There are two ways of understanding this. Firstly, we should become child-like to enter the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of God is the children’s.
‘Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not only me but also my Father who sent me.’
But why? Why should we be welcoming to the children?
Here, there are many reasons… Children see their parents. They copy their parents because that is who they trust most. Also, Children being with other families like their own, tactile relationships at an early age, provision of a place to be open to spiritual influences.
How do we do this?
Enable the children to come. Again, referring to Mark 9:37. If we can’t welcome children we are going to have a hard time welcoming God.
Observe the children. Luke 10:21 ‘At that same time Jesus was filled with the jot of the Holy Spirit, and he said, “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. Yes Father, it pleased you to do it this way.’ We learn from the children.
Lead by example. Demonstrate to them how to worship. Teach them what it is like to let the living water flow. That is what the father is seeking. God is not out there. He’s right here.
We must also learn from them 🙂