Every time you read a Bible passage in this study, think about it for a minute (or five) before you read my thoughts about it. I don’t want to influence you too much, when God might be trying to tell you something different than what I’ve written. What does today’s passage make you think about?
“Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it at all.”
Mark 10:14b-15 (also see Matthew 18:1-4 and Luke 18:16-17)
What was your response? Lots of people say, “Kids are selfish and throw tantrums!” But Jesus is probably not saying to act childish, only to “receive the kingdom” like a child. And it’s not optional. Receive the kingdom like a child or you will never enter it.
Have you ever been in a children’s Sunday school class? I worked for a few years with our church’s first through sixth graders. What I remember? The kids love to hear about Jesus. They love to sing to Him. When they are at church, they’re not thinking about which teacher they’ll get next year or what’s for lunch. When they’re there, they’re there, receiving His kingdom joyfully and completely.
As we continue to read passages about His kingdom, receive them like a child. My sentence to remember today is RECEIVE HIS KINGDOM LIKE A CHILD. What’s yours?