Luke and the Lost
The family got out the old albums, full of pictures from 19__, well, a long time ago. We laughed at the old hair styles and teased about the lack of hair in some of us today. It was heart warming to see the grandkids pour over these photos of themselves as babies, then compare them to THEIR moms and dads as babies, and even to us! Our family has always loved kids. We are “kid-friendly” people. We always have been. Jesus had a heart for kids, too.
This next passage is used in many sermons that lead to child dedications and such, but goes much deeper than just a ritualistic blessing for that moment. It is not only about children being allowed to come and be near Jesus, but about their simple, trusting faith in Him. They don’t question, they just trust. Children have a way of seeing through what is fake and what is real. “Don’t get between them and me”, Jesus tells his helpers.
Picture this: The parents want Jesus to touch on their babies, so they would be blessed, but can we imagine for a moment the scurry of little running feet wanting to jump into the lap of Jesus and climb all over him? Can we imagine the disciples’ disdain at the intrusion and interruption of these little ones clamoring to get to Jesus. This was probably throwing the whole preaching service off. But the children seem to KNOW and trust Jesus at face value and want to be near Him. They don’t stop to think about what is appropriate.
The heart of Jesus sees that and uses this moment to teach a another life lesson…I’ve done nothing for these children, they don’t ask for a “show” of miracles, they don’t question my motives, they just want to be near Me. They trust Me without question. YOU who are gathered here need to come with childlike hearts of complete trust with this kind of faith…for this is the way to enveloping the Kingdom of God in you. Don’t question it, believe it. Take joy in believing! Wow.
See what you think as we read and think over this small passage today…Read it as if it were the first time you have seen these words. Picture the scene.
Luke 18, The Message
15-17 People brought babies to Jesus, hoping he might touch them. When the disciples saw it, they shooed them off. Jesus called them back. “Let these children alone. Don’t get between them and me. These children are the kingdom’s pride and joy. Mark this: Unless you accept God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in.”
Questions to ask ourselves:
How child-like is my faith? Am I growing deeper and stronger in my faith? Do I believe without questioning God, yet? OR am I just childISH in my faith, treating God as a Santa Clause for giving me only what I think I want? What level is my trust? Do I lay down all I think I want to pick up all God wants for me to be and do and have in Him?
Dear Heavenly Father, Many times you have pointed out to me that there is a difference between being childlike, fully trusting, and childish, wanting You to do what I want. Forgive us of childish faith and restore the joy of our childlike faith, hope, and complete trust in you. In Jesus Name, Amen
And I’m singing…
To be happy in Jesus…is to trust and obey….