Mark 10: 13-16
13 One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him.
14 When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.
15 I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” 16 Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.
These children came to Jesus just to be with him so that they might be blessed. His disciples were the ones that tried to keep them away. In that time and culture, kids were a bother and were to be seen and not heard. I think how the disciples act is interesting. Often, it is other Christians that are actually the ones that try to pull away from the mission of Jesus. Sometimes we let culture, even Christian culture, distract us from where the true heart of God is. Jesus has time for everyone. No one is an inconvenience to Jesus.
JESUS sought to see, embrace, and love everyone. He tells us that we should have faith like a child and to look at life like a child. Jesus loves children. His view and heart towards these children is how he looks at everyone and, ultimately, how we should look at people that we see in our daily lives.
I think the last two words sum up the whole passage of scripture. Jesus BLESSED THEM.
He didn’t need to be repaid. His only objective was to bless them.
He didn’t see an inconvenience.
He didn’t see a distraction.
He didn’t see dirty bunch of kids.
JESUS looked down and saw a desire for love. He simply opened his arms, BECAUSE HE COULD–BECAUSE HE WAS THERE. Jesus didn’t look for anything in return.
The children looked up and found WORTH IN HIS ARMS.
QUESTION: Do we do that? Do we see past the inconvenient? Do we look past the youth, the dirt, and the noise to see the person?
I think we can SEE past convenience, favor, and comfort. I think by following Jesus’ example we can REACH OUT past age, gender, race, sexual preference, religion, and nationality. Let’s LOVE past mistakes, heartbreak, and reputation.
If a record of us meeting people was written down and record, would it end with us simply blessing people?
When people come to us will they find WORTH in our arms?
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