Let Children Come

Ericka Loynes

Read: Mark 10:13-16

Do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. (v. 14)

When I was growing up, if a child tried to engage in adult conversations, one of the adults would usually say, “Stay out of grown folks’ business.” That statement meant children had their place, adults had theirs, and the two groups rarely mixed. These unwritten rules were just part of the culture and we kids were used to them. I think if Jesus was part of the conversations and culture, undoubtedly he would have challenged the adults in the room and made space for the children.

In Mark 10, we find Jesus having a heated discussion with religious leaders about divorce and adultery. While this is happening, some of the adults start making their way to the front of the crowd with their children. Instinctively, the disciples hold their hands out to prevent the children from getting closer. To their surprise, the disciples hear Jesus instructing them to get out of the way and let the children come. The disciples are so focused on doing what’s customary and what they think is appropriate, that they forget what’s most important: an encounter with Jesus. And like those children, we must come to Jesus with humility.

God uses the children in Mark 10 to remind us all are welcome to come, regardless of age. As followers of Christ, we can go confidently to God’s throne of grace. Let’s not get in the way of others getting to him (Heb. 4:16). —Ericka Loynes

As you pray, remember to humbly approach Jesus.