Jesus’ Heart for the Children
by Jeff Schreve
Right now, there’s a generation being born and raised who face a world obsessed with self. They’re a part of the digital generation where life is lived out on cell phones and social media. They learn how to present a positive image online, but the reality is many of them are lonely, lost, and insecure. What are we supposed to do?
Without question, the Lord wants you and me to be focused on reaching this next generation. They are important to God, and they should be important to us as well. .
Let’s take a look at Mark 10:13-16 to see what Jesus thinks about the children and young people in our churches and families…,
“And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, ‘Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.’ And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them.”
There are three important truths that jump off the page as I read this story. First, Jesus has a special love for children. The disciples thought they were doing Jesus a favor by running interference and stopping these lively little kids from interrupting Him. But Jesus said, “No! The children are important to me.” Was He busy? Absolutely! But Jesus was never too busy to minister to a child.
Second, Jesus wants children to come to Him. While the disciples tried to push them away, Jesus called out, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them.” Now, it is right to call adults to come to come to faith in Christ. But Jesus says, “Don’t forget: I want the children to come to Me, too. Jesus knew the future belonged to the children!
Finally, Jesus wants you and me to have a heart for children. Our Lord wants us to be like Him. Children are not an interruption. They are a priority. Jesus came to earth “to seek and to save that which was lost,” and that especially applies to the next generation. There are many who are already lost, and plenty more who will be if we don’t take the time to share God’s love and His Word with them. Time is running out.
Jesus says to you and to me today, “I want you to have a heart for others and live beyond yourself.” Start looking at those who are coming behind you and see them as Jesus sees them. Love them as Jesus loves them… and let the next generation be reached for Christ through us!