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Such as These

Such as These

Luke 18:16 – “But Jesus called them to Him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.”

Like many 7 year olds my oldest son likes to play video games.  In fact he loves to play video games.  I did to when I was his age even though back when I was 7 the games were much simpler.  I played Pac-Man and Q-Bert, while he plays Lego City and Super Mario Brothers.  One of my favorites, Donkey Kong, has been replaced with the much more difficult Donkey Kong Country.  He loves it especially and I’ll have to say even though I don’t play it I find it to be fairly interesting to watch.

When he comes to a “level” that he struggles with he is quick to call out and ask for help.  Sometimes in his desperation he will even ask for my help, which in reality is basically useless because I’m not very good at it (ok I’ve played it a few times) Recently however he has begun to call on his mom for help.  My wife was quite the video game player back in her day, so she quickly comes to the rescue and helps my son overcome whatever obstacle is in his way.  In fact all she has to do is ask for the controller and he willingly gives it over to her.  He knows that when he does his character on the game is in good hands.

In Luke 18, Jesus says to his disciples, “let the children come to me.”  In other words don’t stop them but let them come.  Why did He need to tell them that? Because many in that day and time viewed children as nothing more than property so the disciples didn’t want Jesus to waste His time with them.  Jesus however lets them know that He wasn’t wasting His time.  In fact He wanted the children to come to Him.  The disciples might be able to understand that, but then Jesus says something very surprising, “for to such (as these children) belongs the Kingdom of God.”  That was a very shocking statement.  Jesus went from saying, let the little children come to me, in other words they are valuable as people (which went against the grain of the culture) to saying the kingdom of God belongs to such as these children.  In other words not only are these children valuable as people but they have something to teach you as well. 

What did the children have to teach the disciples, and in reality all of us?  They teach us the value of trust.  Jesus says to enter into the Kingdom of God you have to become like a little child.  The Kingdom belongs to such as these.  You have to be childlike to be a part of the Kingdom.  What is a defining characteristic of children? They trust.  They unreservedly trust those that they love.  My son unreservedly trusts my wife with his game character.  He willingly gives the controller up and he knows that he is in good hands.  The fact of the matter is that he would even trust me with the controller, but I dare not take it because I don’t want to disappoint Him.

Children 100% trust and as such they have a lot to teach us.  For we need to trust as well.  We  need to trust God without reservation.  What is the opposite of trust and faith? It is fear.  Maybe that is why Jesus’ most often repeated command was “fear not”.  (Remember the next time that you read Him saying that that its not a sentimental thought it’s a command, FEAR NOT).  Why? Because we truly have nothing to fear.  Jesus has conquered even our worst enemy, which is death so we have nothing to fear.  Paul says “nothing can separate us from the love of God,” so we have nothing to fear.  And we know that “God is working all things together for good for those that love the Lord,” so we have nothing to fear. 

Fear not, my child God says to us.  Trust Him without reservation.  Trust Him like a little child.  Remember the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to ones who are like little children.  So trust Him with the whole of your life, hand Him the controls, and remember He is faithful, He is working, and He will never let you down.