Receiving the Kingdom of God As A Little Child.
13 Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. 15 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” 16 And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.
Little children come to Jesus with a heart that is open to receive the truth willingly and are not seeking to engage in philosophical debating.. that is so evident within the closed minds of those that have reached the age of maturity.
This whole matter of children coming to Jesus was used by our Lord to illustrate the way all believers must come to Him. In this passage, Jesus says that all who come to Him must come as a little child. (Mark 10:13-16) He is referring to a few of the special characteristics that separate children from adults.
For a person to be saved, regardless of their age, they must be willing to humble themselves before God. They must be willing to lay down their pride over the life they have lived and the achievements of that life. They must humble themselves by acknowledging their sins before God. They must be willing to admit that their works and religious activity can never save them. They must come to the place where they, like a little child, simply look to Jesus in pure faith, trusting that He will do everything He has promised to do.
Contrast this image childlike faith with the very next passage. When the Rich Young Ruler came to Jesus in Mark 10:17-22, he refused to turn loose of his pride, his money or his self-righteousness. He left with all his possessions, but he left without Jesus!
A person must look to Jesus by faith, trusting Him and His finished work on the cross completely for their soul’s salvation. This requires the childlike qualities of trust, humility and dependence.
If your life has gotten complicated by living in an adult world and you need some help from God today, you can get it. If sin has crept into your relationship with Jesus and is hindering your walk with Him, He can forgive that today. If you will come to Him, you will find that His grace will be sufficient for you. If there are needs in your life, you can come to Him like those little children did two thousand years ago and you can find the help you need!