Those that grew up in the Church learned many valuable things. We learned to listen, sing, search our Bibles, give, receive, submit to God, and so much more. The hardest lesson was to receive. Children receive easily. They want to get gifts, encouragement, and compliments. They are so trusting. It never occurs to a child that an adult may trick them, abuse them, lie to them.
Adults value so many things but receiving is not one of them. We love to help, to give, to be the hero. We do not like to receive things like gifts, correction, or help. When we are giving, we are in control. We lose all control when we are needy. We hate not being in control.
We must receive the kingdom of God as little children; that is, we must receive the invitation of Jesus Christ and his grace as little children receive their parents, caregivers, and teachers. We must be inquisitive, as children, we must learn as children, and in learning must believe, (Oportet discentem credere—A learner must believe.) The mind of a child is blank paper (tabula rasa—a mere blank), you may write upon it what you want; our minds must be just as open and receptive to the teaching of Holy Spirit. Children are subject to authority; just as we must be. Lord, what will You have me do? We must receive the kingdom of God as the child Samuel did, Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening. Little children depend upon their parents’ wisdom and care, are carried in their arms, go where they send them, and take what they provide for them; thus, we must receive the kingdom of God, with a humble submission of ourselves to Jesus Christ, and have a simple dependence upon Him, both for strength, righteousness, provision, and our Heavenly Home.
Jesus was particularly disturbed by His disciples’ treatment of the children. They made every effort to get between the children, their parents, and Jesus. In the same way, Jesus is very disturbed by anyone who gets between a hungry needy soul and Jesus.
He received the children and gave them what was desired; He took them up in his arms, in love with affection for them; put his hands upon them, as was desired, and blessed them. See He out-did the desires of their parents; they begged he would touch them, but he did more.
We are needy and we are not in control of the most important issue of life, the disposition of our soul. We conduct our lives as though this life is all there is. This life, over against eternity is but a breath. The most important issue is, where will we spend eternity? Recognize, as the people did, that Jesus is in total control of all things. If you want a relationship with Him, just ask. He will not turn you away. He will come to you, embrace you and show you much love and affection and fill you with His Holy Spirit. He will give you all you need for this life and most importantly, He will give you eternity with Him.
Mark 10:13-16 (MSG)
The people brought children to Jesus, hoping he might touch them. The disciples shooed them off. But Jesus was irate and let them know it: “Don’t push these children away. Don’t ever get between them and me. These children are at the very center of life in the kingdom. Mark this: Unless you accept God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in.” Then, gathering the children up in his arms, he laid his hands of blessing on them.