“Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.” Then he embraced them and blessed them, placing his hands on them.”

Mark 10:15-16 

Friday, 8 October 2021

Mark 10:2-16

Jesus is welcoming the children, embracing them and blessing them. What is it about a child that Jesus calls us to model? How is a child an example to us of how to come to Jesus? We are called to be child-like in order to enter the kingdom of God. What does this mean?

Children are dependent on us as adults for love, care and protection. Children can be referred to as being helpless. When a child asks for help, we step in. The same can be said of Jesus. When we realise our helplessness and start to depend on him, we are blessed abundantly.

Jesus uses the blessings of children and the way they approach him for blessings as an example of how we should come to him. We need to go to Jesus in our weakness and helplessness, knowing that we are undeserving. 

“Then he embraced them and blessed them, placing his hands on them.” Jesus embraced them. He held them tight and secure in His arms. Children are helpless and needy. They can be demanding and wanting something from you. Children are to Jesus just those who are poor, starving, sick, weak and helpless. He embraces them all and treats them with love and kindness. He blesses them.

Today and in the weeks ahead, remember to approach Jesus as a child would. Be open to depending on him, realise your helplessness and receive the blessing he has for you.

As believers, we must always remember that how we receive and treat others is how we treat Christ. So how are you treating Christ these days?

Dear God,

Being child-like is not easy. We like to think we are not needy and dependent, that we are strong and self-sufficient. Remind us that to receive your blessings, we need to realise our helplessness and lean on you.

Amen.

 
Gillian Hugo

Gillian was educated at Pretoria High School for Girls and at Johannesburg College of Education where she qualified as a pre-school teacher. She has taught for more than 20 years in the government and private sectors. Gillian is married and has 2 children. She is training as a mindset and mindfulness coach. Gillian enjoys being creative and her hobbies include watercolour painting, reading, travelling and she loves the beach!

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