“Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it” (Mark 10.15 NKJV).
Parents brought their young children to Jesus, and the disciples rebuked the parents. Undoubtedly, if the parents were bringing Jesus gold, food or accolades, the disciples would have ushered them in. The children were not a welcomed sight and seen as a nuisance rather than a blessing. They needed to be cared for and taught, and they were at a place in life where they had nothing of great value to offer—no great intelligence, no great resources and no great stature. In fact, the parents wanted Jesus to touch their children—to impart something beautiful to them. The only virtue the children did have was the willingness to receive, so Jesus “took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them (Mark 10.16). Jesus told His disciples that the only way to get into the Kingdom of God was to be as one of those helpless children. And that is the truth about receiving Jesus as our Lord and Savior today. There is absolutely nothing we can give God in order to earn His blessings. What can a mere human offer an almighty God to find His favor? There is nothing we can do to receive the salvation Jesus died on the cross to give us except to receive it. We can’t buy it, earn it and we will never deserve it. Just like the little children, we can go to Jesus with our empty hands, ignoring all the people who say we are not good enough, and freely receive what He died to give us—salvation through the cross and reconciliation back to our Father.
“A simple, childlike faith in a Divine Friend solves all the problems that come to us by land or sea.” – Helen Keller