Faith Like a Child
Friday - April 10 - Read Matthew 21:14-17
14 The blind and the lame came to him in the Temple, and he healed them. 15 The leading priests and the teachers of religious law saw these wonderful miracles and heard even the children in the Temple shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David.” But the leaders were indignant. 16 They asked Jesus, “Do you hear what these children are saying?” “Yes,” Jesus replied. “Haven’t you ever read the Scriptures? For they say, ‘You have taught children and infants to give you praise.’” 17 Then he returned to Bethany, where he stayed overnight.
This is one of those passages that we adults in the church need to take very seriously! Children are noisy and needy. Children make it difficult for us to focus. Yet, children have a much easier time with faith. They have an innate desire to be connected to adults, especially their parents. Even when they try to assert their independence, they are still far more willing to rely on others for help. When they are hurt they run to mom and dad. When they do something new or make a picture they are eager to show it off. Some churches have no children because there are no children in the community, but children are one of the primary examples of faith in Jesus. Are we more concerned about doing the “right things” the “right way” or do we desire a childlike relationship with our Heavenly Father.