READ : Mark 10:13-16
Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it. (v. 15)
In the town where I used to live a computer mix-up resulted in a two-year-old child being summoned for jury duty. What a silly thought—to have a little child serve on a jury. Yet Jesus says that children are the jury by which all of us will be judged: “Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
What does it mean to receive the kingdom like a child? Perhaps Jesus is referring to the sense of wonder children possess. Or maybe Jesus was thinking about how children are dependent. Children look to their parents to fulfill their needs. Do we look to God to meet our needs?
My favorite theory is that Jesus was referring to the spontaneity children often exhibit. Most adults strangle their impulses with calculation and caution, but children are so wonderfully impulsive. Granted, there are times when we wish our children would look before they leap. But isn’t it true that if you always look before you leap, you’ll never leap? When Jesus saw Simon and Andrew on the seashore and said “Follow me,” the brothers dropped their nets and followed. What an impulsive, childlike thing to do.
Dear Lord, forgive me when I am childish, but help me to be more childlike. Amen.