Big or little


Today’s reading is in Mark 10:14. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.” A few verses earlier, the disciples rebuked the parents for bringing the little children to Jesus and here Jesus says we all need to become as little children if we want to be a part of His Kingdom.

Is it possible that sometimes we get to ‘big’ for God to use? Sometimes we think we have it all figured out and we start becoming bossy and making assumptions like we know what God really wants. The disciples meant well chasing away these parents and children but they got a little ahead of themselves and Jesus in so doing.

Children are not bossy. As a matter of fact, they are used to being told what to do. They rarely assume they know what their parents want. Maybe we need to get back to this kind of relationship with Jesus. Maybe we have gotten to ‘big’ for Jesus to use and we need to get ‘little’ again or at least have a child’s approach to life. Can you think of some other characteristics that children have, that could be helpful in our spiritual relationship with Jesus?