Jesus and Children
Help our Children grow in Love for Jesus?
What does scripture say about Jesus and Children?
In Mark’s Gospel Chapter 10: v 13-16;
People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.
Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.
This passage stuck in my head, when I became a mom. I realised that,
Jesus and Children have a very special bond.
We parents need to nurture this relationship from a child’s infancy. I remember whispering in the ears of my little ones, while I put them to sleep, “Jesus loves you – Jeechi Mama loves you – Jeechi Dada loves you”. Meaning that Jesus, Mary and Joseph loves them.
This was my regular prayer with them, when they were yet babies and could not speak a word. In my heart, I wanted them to feel the love of Jesus and feel blessed.
I think we parents, need to first help our children feel loved by Jesus. Only after that, we could teach our children how to pray.
Jesus said that ‘the Kingdom of God belongs to these little children’.
In other words, little children are to learn about God, love God, and as they grow they learn to do God’s work on earth. Because they are the heirs of the Kingdom of God. So, where do we fit in? Aren’t we the ‘Caretakers’ of these royal children?
Yes, our children first belong to our Heavenly Father. They are given to us as a Gift. Whether it be, our own children or other children, they all belong to God. If we are given an opportunity to take care of them, it is our responsibility to first help them, achieve their purpose on earth – meaning to teach them about God, nurture their love for God, and help them work for the Kingdom of God.
According to the scripture reading about Jesus and children, we cannot find excuses to stop children learning and loving Jesus.
We will have to put aside our common excuses, which are:
- We don’t have the time to pray as a family, our work hours clash
- We have sport on a Sunday – this clashes with church times
- We take our annual family holidays during Christmas and Easter; therefore, we cannot take part in church celebrations
- It’s only on a weekend we get a chance to rest, or do some housework
- We don’t know the bible, nor do we know the formal prayers; therefore we cannot teach our children about Jesus
- It’s the duty of the priests, nuns and teachers to teach children about God, that’s why we send them to catholic schools
- Our teenage children have work on weekends, they just can’t get to church or say family prayers with us
- Our children are in secondary school – they need to study for their exams and complete their school assignments
The above list are just some barriers we put in front of our children to stop them going towards Jesus.
Instead we should find the time, the ways and means to give our children all the support and guidance to grow in their faith. Faith is a gift from God, but yet if not nurtured can die away, like a little plant that dies without water (specially, when the sun is strong or if there is bad weather).
Remember, Jesus and Children have a special bond. We parents are in partnership with God to help this love grow.
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