Luke 18:16-17 - But Jesus called the children to Him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
Our mindset today isn't that much different than what it was in Jesus day regarding our children. Sure, you hear people saying, “children are our future,” and “invest your time in your children,” but when it comes right down to it, is that what we are doing? When we have gatherings we often separate our kids away from the adults. There will be a ‘kids’ table and an ‘adult’ table. Or we will set up the back playroom for our children and tell them to stay back there and play. Then if that doesn't work we will start a movie to try to appease them and keep them busy, so we don’t have too.
Don’t get me wrong, I think ‘adult’ time is important. We all need some time with our peers to build and strengthen each other in the Lord, but we need to be careful. This seems to happen way too much and we don’t make time to “let the little children come to us.” Sometimes I think Jesus would have preferred the ‘kids’ table.
We can see in this passage of scripture that Jesus made time for the children when no one else would. Even His disciples were trying to drive them away, but Jesus stopped them because He wanted to see the children. He wants us to understand the value of our children and the power of childlike faith. In fact He says if we don’t receive the kingdom like a child we will never enter it. How does a child receive the kingdom? With open arms. There is no doubt or questioning, but complete faith.