一起读经 | 马太福音19:13-15

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马太福音19:13-1513那时,有人带着小孩子来见耶稣,,要耶稣给他们按手祷告,门徒就责备那些人。14耶稣说:“让小孩子到我这里来,不要禁止他们,因为在天国的,正是这样的人。”15耶稣给他们按手,就离开那地方去了。

多么美好的故事!画面美丽,话语轻柔!耶稣很忙。人们找耶稣治病,他还把很多时间花在教导上。比起公司的首席执行官、神学院的教授和医生,耶稣的职责更重要。事实上,没人的工作能比耶稣的工作更重要,没有!

但他依然留时间给小孩子。这个信息对今天的家庭是多么重要啊!我们这个世代是重视儿童的。只需看看足球场四周的建筑和我们让孩子们从事的各种运动。冰球在明尼苏达州倍受欢迎,三四岁的孩子就已经手握冰杆上冰场了。

但我们是否和孩子一起把时间花在他们生命中唯一真正重要的事情上了?我们是否把他们带到耶稣的面前?可悲的是,那些体育锦标赛通常是在主日的上午进行。那些起早贪黑为孩子辛苦奔波的父母却没能在吃饭的时候或是一天结束的时候,和他们一起祷告或读读圣经上的故事。耶稣责备我们忽视了孩子最重要的需求,正如他责备他的门徒一样。

要知道耶稣心里装着你的孩子,正如他心里也装着你。花时间和孩子们在一起,并把他们带到耶稣的面前。

祷告:亲爱的耶稣,你向孩子们张开怀抱,为他们祷告也为他们祝福。请把我们的子辈,孙辈,甚至是我们自己装在你的心里,并为我们祝福到永远!主啊,请禁止我们忽视这些小孩子,因为是你把他们托付给我们的!阿们!

Matthew 19

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.

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