Mark 9:37 (KJV) 37 Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.
We love our kids; they’re a wonder to behold. They are wonderful gifts from God. Yes, it takes a lot in raising them; it’s also a joy doing so. It takes a lot of responsibility in raising them. There’s so much to teach them; but guess what, there’s also so much we can learn from them. You know what’s interesting? Learning something from them is probably the last thing others would think about, but not us. Thank You Lord; You woke us up to this reality.
To some (or many), kids are an annoyance, that’s why they would rather not have kids. Others don’t mind having one or two, but not more. There are those who give them away for adoption; and there are those who don’t even give them a chance to live beyond the womb. It’s not hard to see irritated stares from people when a child cries incessantly—especially children not their own. But there’s a good side in this: as there are those who can’t stand children, there are also many of us who love them. We treat them the best way we can, although of course, we still fail. We learn from our mistakes; we do better.
Children are hugely dependent on responsible others; they can’t survive on their own. We need to take good care of them, and it’s something we keep doing until they can take care of themselves. Taking care of them isn’t a waste of time. I need to emphasize this because many times, others see kids as disturbances from a lot more important things in life. They’re sadly considered by others as uncomfortable distractions from their pursuit of greatness. This is where our loving Lord Jesus took His disciples’ attention to. The path to greatness isn’t by lording others into submission; it’s by receiving children.
I’ll state this again: it’s by receiving children. The reason I feel the need to doing that is because I want us to not miss out on this principle. Many of us are aware that a path to greatness is by conducting ourselves humbly like a child and serving others. That’s a principle that many believers are familiar with. But there’s really more to it than that: It’s not only by having childlike faith and humility that we enter the Kingdom of heaven and become great, it’s also by literally welcoming, receiving, and caring for little children. Welcoming them is welcoming God, and having God is both greatness and way to greatness. That’s why, we don’t just tolerate children, we celebrate them.