Walking in Truth Devotional Update
Let the Little Children Come to Me
(Mat 19:13-15; Mk 10:13-16; Lk 18:15-17)
“Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there” (Matt. 19:13-15).
Jesus always seemed to have a crowd around Him. People wanted to be close and to touch Him and be touched by Him, hoping for a blessing. Not only were the adults always around Jesus they were also bringing their children. Luke tells us they even brought their infants to Him.
Little children are to learn about God, love God, and as they grow, they should be taught to do God’s work on earth. Little ones come to parents from God and parents should see themselves as caretakers of these precious gifts. It is the responsibility of parents to not only provide for them but to teach them about God and help them to achieve their purpose in life. That means that we must learn to find the time necessary to give them all the support and guidance to grow as Jesus did: “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men” (Luke 2:52).
Jesus taught us a very important lesson about the nature of little children when He said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Jesus doesn’t say that the Kingdom belongs to little children or that they are already in the Kingdom. He says that those who inherit or possess the kingdom will be “like” these children. Jesus was speaking of the characteristics of children that must characterize those entering the kingdom. Qualities like innocence, openness, trust, receptivity and humility. Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it” (Luke 18:17).
These passages show clearly that babies are not born in sin as many teach. If children are born in sin, then Jesus is telling us that one must become sinful to enter the kingdom which is foolishness. Paul declared that none who are unclean can enter the kingdom of heaven (Ephesians 5:5). The Bible teaches that children do not bear the sin of their parents (Exodus 32:32-33; Deuteronomy 24:16; 2 Kings 14:6; 2 Chronicles 25:4; Jeremiah 31:30; Ezekiel 18:20). The Bible is clear: sin is not inherited. No baby has ever been born bearing the guilt of Adam’s sin. No one bears the responsibility for Adam’s sin but Adam himself.
May the day hasten when adults love and care for little children as they deserve and as God commands.
By Guy Roberson
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