Words from the Heart for Thursday October 31st, 2019
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. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
Luke 18:16-17 (NIV)
Like A Little Child
A new report issued last September highlights alarming statistics regarding the mental, physical and emotional health of Canadian children. At the time, there were 1.2 million Canadian children living in low-income housing and 10.7 per cent of families with children under six say they experience food insecurity. Canada also has one of the highest infant mortality rates of OECD countries, and the leading cause of childhood deaths are preventable accidents and suicide.
The song about Jesus loving all the children of the world is correct. The Bible verses we read, about the special place that children have in Jesus’ heart and kingdom, prove just how much He cares about them. In the Roman world, children were often seen as a nuisance and when that happened, parents were free to kill their babies or leave them alongside the road, and the first person who wanted them, for whatever reason, good or evil, could pick them up. Some of this sounds all too familiar in our day. But Jesus changed all of that. As usual, the principles of the Kingdom of Heaven are completely opposite to the principles that drive the world. We read in 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. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” These were radical ideas in Jesus day. Not only did He give value to children, but He told the proud adults that in order to get into His kingdom, they had to become like children. So do we.
These have been words from the heart.