The Little Ones
“Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them;
for of such is the kingdom of God. ”
Mark 10 records one of the endearing stories in the gospels commonly titled “The Little Children and Jesus.” People were bringing their children to the Lord Jesus that He might touch and bless them. But the disciples tried to prevent this from happening. Mark records the Lord as being“greatly displeased ”—and rebuking His very own disciples: "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God” (v 14).
Charles Dickens wrote, “I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.” And it is not a slight thing when we, who are older, do all we can to make sure the little children are never hindered from the ever-fresh love of the the Lord Jesus.
In verse 16, we read that the Lord “took the children in His arms . . . and blessed them.” The word used here for blessed is kateulogeo. It appears only in this passage in the New Testament and means “to bless intensely; to confer what is beneficial.” The Lord's blessing was intense and fervent. He wanted only the best for these children, and so should we. And the best is sharing the Lord and His love with them.
Dear Lord God, Please bless all Christians who are working with children. May they each share the love of Jesus with them. In Christ's name, I pray. Amen.