Faith is a really difficult concept to explain. When we say that we have faith in Christ, we do mean that we believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He died on the cross for our sins, and that He rose from the dead. But we mean more than just acceptance of those facts. Faith in Christ is also about trusting ourselves to Him, about putting our lives in His hands. Whenever we see people place faith in Christ, it leads them to commitment and change. We cannot see faith, but we can its evidence in our lives.
When Jesus welcomed the children, He used them as an example of the kind of faith that He requires of His disciples. The children came to Jesus in love and trust. They did not demand or expect anything from the Lord. They just wanted to be with Him. They didn’t care what others thought about their open expressions of love for Jesus. They were not ashamed to come humbly to Christ. Do we show that kind of faith in Jesus?
The Text (Mark 10:13-15)
13 Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. 15 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” 16 And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.
Background and Observations•
- Jesus loved children, and so should we. Serving in children’s ministry at church can be stressful but also deeply rewarding.
- There is a sense in which becoming a Christian is a very simple thing. While faith may be hard to explain even when you are an experienced Christian, even a young child can understand the gospel’s call to repent of sin and turn to Jesus.
Questions to Think About
1. How well did you understand the Christian faith when you first trusted in Christ as Savior? How has your understanding of salvation grown since becoming a Christian?
2. Have you ever had the opportunity to serve in children’s ministry? How were you blessed by the experience?