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Luke 18:15-17

People were also bringing babies to Jesus to have him touch them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them.  But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

I wonder why the disciples tried to stop parents from bringing their children to Jesus. Maybe it had to do with the value of children in that day. Maybe the disciples were trying to guard the Lord’s busy schedule. Maybe only the people who could “make a difference” were given the disciples’ approval. Whatever the reason, Jesus didn’t agree. He called the children to Himself. In fact, He said that the kingdom of God has to be received like a little child. What does that mean? I believe childlike faith has these five characteristics.

  1. Children come without pride. They have nothing to prove. They come as they are.
  2. Children demonstrate dependence. They can’t make it on their own. They have to depend on their parents.
  3. Children demonstrate trust. They will jump off a ledge into their parent’s outstretched arms. They are certain their parents will catch them.
  4. Children are open and frank. They haven’t learned to hide behind masks yet.
  5. Children are sincere. Yes, they are sinners at birth. Yes, they will learn the art of manipulation soon enough. But the requests of children are straightforward and genuine.

The faith of a child. It’s not just refreshing; it’s required. It’s sad when people get too big for Jesus, isn’t it?

Father, please keep our hearts childlike before You. When it comes to faith help us depend on You as a child would depend on their parents. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Mark 10:13-16

People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.

I wonder why the disciples tried to stop parents from bringing their children to Jesus. Maybe it had to do with the value of children in that day. Maybe the disciples were trying to guard the Lord’s busy schedule. Maybe only the people who could “make a difference” were given the disciples’ approval. Whatever the reason, Jesus didn’t agree. He called the children to Himself. In fact, He said that the kingdom of God has to be received like a little child. What does that mean? I believe childlike faith has these five characteristics.

  1. Children come without pride. They have nothing to prove. They come as they are.
  2. Children demonstrate dependence. They can’t make it on their own. They have to depend on their parents.
  3. Children demonstrate trust. They will jump off a ledge into their parent’s outstretched arms. They are certain their dad will catch them.
  4. Children are open and frank. They haven’t learned to hide behind masks yet.
  5. Children are sincere. Yes, they are sinners at birth. Yes, they will learn the art of manipulation soon enough. But the requests of children are straightforward and genuine.

The faith of a child. It’s not just refreshing; it’s required. Let’s never outgrow our childlike faith.

Father, please keep my heart childlike before You. When it comes to faith, don’t let me grow up. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

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Psalm 68:7-14  

When you, God, went out before your people, when you marched through the wilderness, the earth shook, the heavens poured down rain, before God, the One of Sinai, before God, the God of Israel. You gave abundant showers, O God; you refreshed your weary inheritance. Your people settled in it, and from your bounty, God, you provided for the poor. The Lord announces the word, and the women who proclaim it are a mighty throng: “Kings and armies flee in haste; the women at home divide the plunder. Even while you sleep among the sheep pens, the wings of my dove are sheathed with silver, its feathers with shining gold.” When the Almighty scattered the kings in the land, it was like snow fallen on Mount Zalmon. 

Today’s devotional is for those who are weary. Work is weighing you down. Worry is draining your energy. Dread for tomorrow has depleted you for today. A relationship is sucking the life out of you. It’s time for some refreshment.

Look up! God’s unique refreshment pours out like revitalizing rain showers. Let it rinse over your mind dulling the dread. Let it stream over your soul washing away the worry. Let it drench your body reviving your energy. God is not short on blessings. He will provide for those who are poor in spirit. 

Think this is fanciful thinking? Hallmark card encouragement? Think again. When you look up you are looking away from your circumstances and focusing on God’s power to meet your needs. Look up for refreshing encouragement from the heavenly Father who loves you so much that He sent His son to die for you on the cross. As Paul says, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31). 

Father, I am tired. I am physically worn down. Worry is sapping my energy.  Dread is draining my spirit. So, I look up. Send showers of refreshment. I look up… and depend on You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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