Jesus welcomed children. We aren’t better than Jesus, are we?
Matthew 19:13–14 (ESV)
13Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, 14but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
The disciples didn’t understand the Jesus way of living. They were stuck thinking about position and power. Children didn’t enhance their status.
The way churches think about children indicates their spiritual health. Sick churches ignore or minimize children’s ministry. Healthy churches prioritize it.
If parents brought their children to Jesus, why aren’t they bringing their children to us? Matthew indicates they came because of what they received. Parents wanted Jesus to touch their children and pray for them. What does this mean for us?
- Forget about status.
- Serve those who can’t serve in return.
- Express appreciation for children.
- Respond to the concerns of parents.
- Elevate and honor people who give themselves to children’s ministry.
The way Jesus responded to children was nothing short of revolutionary.
Tell me how your church treats children and I’ll tell you if your church is like Jesus. In a healthy church, children are part of the church.
Luke 9:46–48 (ESV)
46An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. 47But Jesus, knowing the reasoning of their hearts, took a child and put him by his side 48and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all is the one who is great.”
Being like Jesus means treating children like they belong, rather than like they are an incumberance. If the least of these are great, then children are great.