January 20, 2021
Luke 18: 15-17
New River District
Little Children Are Brought to Jesus
15 People were also bringing babies to Jesus. They wanted him to place his hands on the babies. When the disciples saw this, they told the people to stop. 16 But Jesus asked the children to come to him. “Let the little children come to me,” he said. “Don’t keep them away. God’s kingdom belongs to people like them. 17 What I’m about to tell you is true. Anyone who will not receive God’s kingdom like a little child will never enter it.”
It is common for pastors to take a familiar approach to a text and flip it on its head so to see a different perspective. We can look at this text in that way for today’s devotion. In the text there is Jesus wanting to have the “little children” come to him. Of course, this is can be interpreted to mean us, for we are all “little children” in His eyes; we are HIS children and He desires a relationship. This is a common approach for this text.
In this text there is also the child itself who must make the trip to God. Jesus calling the “little children” is one aspect, but the child coming to Him is the other. For us, as children of God, how do we find our way? In such a destructive past year, many people have lost their way. I know that as I write these words, I consider my own depression and fits of rage at the constant battering of the last year upon me. I know I am not alone in this… so perhaps it is best to spend a moment meditating on finding ways to God, or ways BACK to God. This is the journey we all are on, even though we may be stuck at the present moment.
It is possible to believe that someone had to help bring the children to Jesus’ feet. The same is true in our own lives. For children it may be a father or mother who brought the toddler to Christ for blessing, but for adults who still search, we too still need those who can show the way. Our favorite movies are full of people like them because we see and place ourselves in the movies; everyone needs the good mentor(s). Harry Potter had Professor Dumbledore, Neo from the Matrix had Morpheus and Luke Skywalker from Star Wars had Obi Wan Kenobi. They needed an advisor, one to show the way to fulfill their journey … and so do we, we must also have those around us who can promote and provoke the very best from us.
I hope you find focus this year. I hope that you may truly see that no matter where you are, that Christ has open, welcoming arms that are very big and very warm. This is especially comforting to people who have been in the cold, looking for a shelter and for those who continue to hear the invitation, “Little children, come to me.”
-Pastor Doug Silvers