The Barometer of Children
Psalm 121; Mark 9,10
“Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name, welcomes me;”
“…anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
“Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!...children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God. ’ ”
We can’t buy our way into the kingdom of God. In fact, the more we have and the more we trust in what we have to provide security, happiness or success, the harder it is to enter the kingdom of God. Children are the barometer on our heart’s readiness to enter the kingdom of God. How we treat children, Jesus said, is an indication of how we treat him. Like children, we enter the kingdom of God with faith, innocence, curiosity, dependence and humility. Wealth insulates us from our need for God and others. We rarely examine our own hearts without prompting or circumstances out of our control. Children know their need every day and reach out for help.
Will we not only enter the kingdom of God that way, but respond to God each day with that attitude?
“Lord Jesus, you are my life. I humble myself before you and respond to you in faith today.”