Today’s Scripture: Mark 10:15

15 "Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” (NIV)
“We must receive the kingdom of God as little children; we must stand with simplicity, faith, humility and love to Christ and his grace, as little children to their parents, nurses, and teachers.” – Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary
Artwork by Zachary

Artwork by Zachary Stevens

A child is less encumbered with the grown-up stuff that pushes us away from our relationship with God.  A child is in awe of the beauty and magnificence of the surroundings of the world.  We often are too busy to slow down and notice.  The enthusiasm a child has for the newness and possibilities of each day is “Godlike.”  We often see a new day with apprehension or as a list of “to dos.”  The tender trust children have for those that love and care for them is gentle and fundamental to their survival, yet we often think what we are given reflects our own accomplishments, rather than from God’s grace and blessing.

The wonderment and the amazement of children when they are taught about God’s love through the stories in the Bible should not fade away as we become adults.  Bible stories and scripture are still amazing and wonderful each time we read them, meditate on them, and communicate with God about how we should use them.

The joy of service in our children and youth is an approach that is pure and righteous and how God has intended service to be.  When we see the world through the eyes of a child, we are experiencing God’s love for us in the beauty and importance that it is meant to be.