Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray.
The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said,
“Let the children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
And he laid his hands on them and went away.
A Childlike Faith
If you’re following along with the Bible Reading Plan, you’ll have seen multiple instances where Jesus states that the kingdom of heaven belongs to children. In Matthew 18:3 he says, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” So, what does this mean? Jesus is clearly calling us to a childlike faith. But, what does Jesus mean when he calls us to childlike faith.
This question is answered in verse 4, “Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Here we see that a call to childlike faith is a call to humility. As children, we need help from our parents to survive. We depend on them for our clothes, food, shelter, and safety. In the same way, we depend on our heavenly father. We depend on him for salvation, grace, mercy, and hope. So, like a child, we humble ourselves and we rely on him.
So this week, as we worship, we’re going to focus on our dependance on God. A reminder that our trust is in him and our hope is in him.