Looking at Mark 10:13-16 we know that Jesus puts value on sowing into our future which means investing time and resources into children and youth: People brought children to Jesus, hoping He might touch them. The disciples shooed them off. But Jesus was irate and let them know it, “Don’t push these children away. Don’t ever get between them and me. These children are at the very centre of life in the Kingdom. Mark this: Unless you accept God’s Kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in.” Then, gathering the children up in His arms, He laid His hands of blessing on them.
From this, three things are evident;
First, Jesus has a special love for children.
The disciples thought they were doing Jesus a favour by stopping these lively little ones from interrupting Him. But, Jesus said, “No! The children are important to me. The Kingdom belongs to them.“
Secondly, Jesus wants young people to come to Him.
While the disciples tried to push them away, Jesus called out, “Don’t push these children away. Don’t ever get between them and me. These children are at the very centre of life in the Kingdom.” The Kingdom and the future belong to them. Don’t hinder them Church! Don’t let your ideas; ideals or idols obstruct their access to Jesus. Don’t let the way you like to do Church, your preferences in music or liturgy get in their way
Finally, Jesus wants us to have a heart for the youth of our nation.
We can be like Jesus and see Children not as an interruption but as our top priority. Please pray for our young families. Make sure you welcome our children as well as their parents. Make Church a family friendly space, and a ‘child safe’ place. Make Sunday something that families look forward to. Try to see these future leaders as Jesus sees them. Welcome them as Jesus welcomes them. Love them as Jesus loves them… and let the next generation be reached for Christ through us!
Grace and Peace,