Matthew 19:13-15: 13 Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. 14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 15 When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.
What a beautiful and tender story this is! Jesus was a busy man. People came to be healed. He spent much of his time teaching. His work was more important than any CEO of a company, or seminary professor, or doctor. In fact, no one had more important work to do than Jesus – ever.
Still he took time for the children. What an important message for families today! Children are important in our generation. Just look at the soccer field complexes and all the different sports that we have for children. In Minnesota, where hockey is huge, you see children on the ice with a stick in their hand when they are three and four years old.
But are we spending the time with our children for the one thing that is really important in their lives? Are we bringing them to Jesus? Sadly, those same sports tournaments are often played on Sunday mornings. Parents who run their children around from sunup to sundown don’t find time at the end of the day, or at their meal time, to have a prayer and a story from God’s Word with them. Jesus rebukes us when we neglect our children’s most important need, just as he rebuked his disciples.
Know that Jesus has your children in his heart, and he has you in his heart as well. Spend time with the little children and bring them to Jesus!
Prayer: Dear Jesus, you took children into your arms and prayed for them and blessed them. Take our children and grandchildren and ourselves into your heart and bless us always! Forbid it, Lord, that we should ever neglect these little ones you have given us! Amen.