“But Jesus said, "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children." – Matthew 19:14
Let the little children come.
We spent the last few days with our youth group, at camp. Watching our kids interact with one another, listen, pray, play and worship, Jesus’ instructions became more clear to me.
Yes, let the children come. In His Presence, they quickly transform to followers with His kind of faith, His kind of heart and His kind of trust.
“About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?" Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. Then He said, "I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.” - Matthew 18: 1-4
Like the disciples tried to keep children from coming to Jesus, for fear of distraction, we’re prone to condescendingly refer to our children’s camp experience as a “camp high.” Curiously, Jesus places a higher value on children’s response to Him.
The Lord showed me what looks different when children come to Him.
Children come to the truth about who they are…and who God is, more quickly than we do. Their first inclination is to trust Him. Partly out of lack of experience, and partly out of innocence; they don’t put up quite the walls we do.
Mark Lupton, our camp speaker, spoke about lies we tend to believe compared to the truth about us; who God says we are in His Word. After hearing this and sharing the lies they have believed with their friends, our kids were encouraged by their peers and leaders with the truth.
As they humbled themselves this week, laid down pretense and came to their Father, I saw The Lord do things in them.
Our 6th grade boys stealing the Talent Show.
They were free. Free from the guilt of sin, free to accept who The LORD says they are…His children. I saw them play, without worry of what others thought.
They worshipped whole-heartedly, spending themselves in praising their Father…and it has been beautiful to be in the room.
A week in creation, without distractions, in the presence of The Lord and some great leaders, our kids connected with our Father. Eternal, kingdom transactions took place. Other adults who came to support our leaders are coming home inspired by how we saw The Lord move.
So, yes, let the little children come.
If you’re an adult like me, let the little child in you come to Your Father. Embrace trust, rather than skepticism. I urge you to seek out the truth about you in His Word, rather than believing the lies of the enemy.
We’re not too old; we’re commanded to become like children. I pray you experience the freedom I saw in children this week.
These two girls, after being baptized in a mountain lake, followed their leader, held hands and sang worship songs all the way back to the bus.