Today’s devotion is based on Mark 10:13-16. “People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, "Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it." And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.”
As I read this scripture this morning, I started thinking of the importance of parents bringing their children to Christ. In Jesus' day, they actually brought them to be blessed. Today we do that by teaching them the Word of God, bringing them to worship services where they hear about Jesus and his love for them. In doing so, Jesus is blessing them just as he blessed the children during his time on earth.
Please notice Jesus does not say, “Let them grow up first, and then they can decide for themselves.” He says, “Children are exactly the ones who need God’s Kingdom.” For who can bear growing up in this evil world without knowing about Jesus and his love. Don’t miss out on giving your children the most wonderful gift of all time; God’s blessing.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things parents throughout time have brought their children to you through Baptism, teaching, and worship so that you can bless them. Help us to continue this practice so that you can bless our children. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.