Luke 18:16-17 (KJV) 16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. 17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.
In the middle of the apostles prohibiting the children to come to Jesus for reasons unstated, Jesus instead called the children to Him and made a startling statement that may have served as both a correction to the apostles and a revelation of a very important truth to all those around Him. This is a very clear and direct statement about children’s assurance of salvation. The Kingdom of God belongs to them; they belong to the Kingdom of God. Their “auto-citizenship” in the Kingdom through God’s special grace is so sure that Jesus even made it a basis to show how everyone else qualifies. Unless everyone else becomes childlike, they won’t enter God’s Kingdom.
This may be a mystery to some since even children inherit the sin nature and commit sin. No one knows the ever-mysterious moment of accountability except God, but we’re all assured that children are Kingdom people. They are obviously important to God; they ought to be really important to us. They’re not little insignificant extras of life. They need to be given attention to, taught and trained in the ways of the Kingdom. They are little princes and princesses who need to know how to conduct themselves properly as Kingdom people. And as we do, let’s remember to become like them in childlike humility and dependence. To be Kingdom people and as Kingdom people, humility is an indispensable trait. As we were ushered into the Kingdom through humble realization and admission of our spiritual bankruptcy, we ought to abide in that childlike attitude towards our spiritual maturity. There ought to be no proud believer.
Our exalted Father to Whom all glory belongs, we pray that we’ll learn to treat children with importance. May they know how valuable they are to You through us. Open our eyes that we may learn from them, that we may be humble. For those who have not yet entered Your Kingdom, may we do so upon reading this. For us who have, may we never grow proud or even act proud even in sure possession of Your precious gift of salvation. May our glory be only in the cross of Your Son.