Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Time Out

I read two articles recently on children. The first, by a pastor, referred to Mark 10:13-16. Jesus says "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."

I always picture happy children running and playing in this Jesus scene. It’s easy to imagine these children being examples of those who will enter the kingdom of God, right?

The reality of my own experience was described in the second article where a mom speaks of a snow day with her kids.

“Children are gifts from God and I know we are all thankful for them, but sometimes they can push us to the limits of our patience! There is nothing that breaks my heart more, than to deal with sibling rivalry. I would rather clean up ten milk spills (or broken eggs and coffee pots) than hear my children quarrelling with each other, and the black and white striped referee shirt that I seem to be forced to wear all the time is not a flattering fashion statement!”

What did Jesus mean when he said we are to receive the kingdom of God like a little child?

One thing that has always amazed me about children - I’ve seen this with difficult children in daycare centers as well as with my own strong willed children – the wildest of children will sit in a time out chair. They can be running around throwing a whopper of a fit but when the adult in charge disciplines them to sit, they sit (yes, I know there are a few exceptions but very few if the authority is respected).

All of us are like children to God. Think of the good traits you see in children. Now think of the children you would rather not be around. Ever have the desire to place one of those in the second category on your lap and let you teach them something – let you bless them with what you have learned about life?

Whatever your current circumstances, wild or cheerful, Jesus says “Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:29 NLT)

If Jesus is Lord of your life, run to him and let him bless you. If he is not Lord of your life, I suggest you take a time out and think about who knows best. When you are ready to listen and learn, Jesus is ready to accept your apology and show you how to really live.

Recommended Reading:

Making Children Our Priority by Rich Nathan (Vineyard Columbus March 2007 Congregational Letter)

Brothers and Sisters by Tracie Miles (Proverbs 31 Ministries)

1 comment:

Sincerity said...

Mark 10:13-16 are amazing verses to me. There are so many individuals who are so close to the truth, even swimming in it, and yet they do not believe.

Children have a way of seeing life in a positive and trusting light. If only we as adults could do the same.

We are helpless without God... maybe that's why we feel at peace when we go to Him with trust.

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