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Children and the Kingdom

Matthew 19:13-15
“Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them.  Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.”

I have to admit, this is one of those sections of scripture that I have heard MANY times, and I thought I understood what Jesus was saying to his disciples, but yesterday this verse hit me like a ton of bricks. My 2 daughters LOVE to swim; they are truly fish in human body. And any time we tell them to get their bathing suits (“bathing soup” to the 2-year-old) they get so excited!

But yesterday was different. The 4-year-old finally started swimming all by herself. Granted, she was using the good ol’ water wings, but she was jumping in the pool all by herself, swimming all around the pool, and didn’t really need me around to be the safety net. It was amazing to see that all “click” for her.

The lesson on this verse came after out swim time. My 4-year-old was SO EXCITED about the events that transpired at the pool, that she literally had to tell everyone. She kept reminding us all afternoon that she could do it herself. She had to call her grandparents (both sets!), she had to tell her aunt and uncle, and if we would have let her, she would have stood in the road and flagged cars down to fill them in on the excitement…

THAT is how excited we must be about being part of the Kingdom of heaven. We must be exited about the opportunity to be a part of the Family of Christ! If we are truly excited like a child who just learned to swim by herself, and want to tell everyone we can think of about it!

Some of us “grown-ups” need an excited child around us to help remind us what it means to be a child in God’s family. I know I did yesterday!

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This Month’s Verse:

"For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."

-- Isaiah 9:6-7

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