“Wide-Eyed And Innocent”
“Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”
Mark 10: 14-15 (NKJV)
Slow to learn, the disciples are actively discouraging parents from bringing their little ones to Jesus. They just couldn’t understand how much He loved them! Don’t exclude them, he says, become like them and learn from them.
Jesus explains that he wants little children included because they are a perfect example of how to joyfully enter God’s kingdom. As a child is dependant on his parent in every area of life, in total trust, so we should be with our heavenly Father. These little ones have no hidden agenda, no personal ambition or ulterior motive, just a desire to be close to Him. As they run to Him, Jesus takes them up in His arms and blesses them… (Mark 10:16.)
With each little child the disciples are treated to an example of a warm, living and probably giggling illustration of the kind of faith God requires. A faith that is wide-eyed with wonder! Trusting and accepting. A faith that tilts up its chin and in awe looks into the eyes of God.
It’s hard for us to believe that it is that simple, but Jesus says it is. We are to come to Him as little children!
Our Gentle and Loving Father, teach us to run to you arms outstretched. Lift us up in your arms and hold us close, help us to become wide-eyed with wonder at the very thought of your love. “For such is the kingdom!”
Study by Cliff Neill