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2022 - Like a little child

2022 - Like a little child
Mark 10:13-16.

Praise God! Happy new year!!!

There's a phrase every parent has said at some point, "Stop nagging me" or "Will you give it a rest". Or maybe you have a unique response to a constant "Are we there yet?", "Can I have ice cream for breakfast?"... or something else a little kid will invent just to call for your attention.

The passage conveys one of Jesus' teachings on the kingdom of God. (The Kingdom of God, now referring to the lordship of the crucified and risen Christ - His reign - the life He gives)

In the first century, children and women were not held in high regard publicly - a societal norm that Jesus frequently addressed. Sadly we see this reflected in the passage as the disciples rebuked people for bringing little children to Jesus (v13). In response to this, Jesus rebuked his disciples. He then invited the little children:

"Let them come to me ... for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." (v14)

Jesus then stresses (in v15) that we can only experience the life He gives when we come like a child with faith, trust, and total dependence.

Psalms 23 shows the benefits of depending on God. Some practical ways we depend on God are through
  • Prayer
  • Studying the Word
  • Acting rightly
  • Spiritual fruits/disciplines (Galatians 5:22-23).

Reflect & Pray
What would life look like if you depended on God for everything, knowing that He will never ask you to "give it a rest" or "stop nagging me"? (He does not grow tired or weary. Isaiah 40:28)
Father God, help us remember to always come to You like a little child, and know the joy of Your Presence, in Jesus name.

God bless you exceedingly,

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