Hello there, girls! Welcome back! Today I want to look at the verse 14 of Matthew 19, "But Jesus said, Suffer (old fashioned word for 'allow') little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven."
People often think that children and young people are not important and don't have any great contribution to make to society. But this is very untrue, because if a child is brought up to know and love the Lord Jesus Christ then they will have a very good foundation on which to build for the rest of their lives. Children who are brought up in a Christian home have so many blessings and privileges compared to those who aren't. Perhaps they don't always realize or appreciate the blessings they have, but they are there, nonetheless.
The Lord Jesus loves the little ones and He truly wants to see them coming to Him in salvation. This is why Sunday School and Children's Meetings are so important. It is vital that little ones are taught the Gospel from an early age. Never despise a child's ability or desire to come to Christ. He calls the wee ones as much as He calls the big people. In fact, in our own congregation, the Lord has been pleased to save many little ones who have come to Him for salvation in recent months. Do what you can to teach the children the glorious Gospel; bring them to church to hear the Word.
The other important lesson here is that the citizens of the kingdom of heaven (those already in it and those on their journey to it) are to have child-like qualities - such as, innocence, faith, trust, no prejudice against others, humility. As we get older we lose so many of these wonderful qualities - but the Lord wants us to maintain them. We can learn many a lesson from the children with their simple faith.
- Ask the Lord to give you opportunities to present the Gospel to the little ones you come into contact with
- Ask Him to help you pray much for them, that they will accept Him as Saviour while they are still young and that they will grow in grace
- Ask the Lord to help you to have those simple child-like qualities that are so important to your faith.
Hugs, Karen x