Mark 10

Read Mark 10.

[13] And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. [14] But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. [15] Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” [16] And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.

Mark 10:13-16

The disciples thought they were helping. Jesus was a busy and important man. He had people to teach and to heal. He couldn’t spend all day meeting and blessing everyone’s kids. That, at least, is what they thought. Jesus, however, thought differently. He wasn’t annoyed by the children, but he was angered by his disciples. The kingdom of God belongs to those who will receive it like these children. We don’t receive the kingdom by way of elaborate systems, complex theories, or great achievement. The rich young man would learn that, as would the disciples. Simple, childlike trust is the only way to enter the kingdom of God. Let’s learn from the disciples’ mistake that there’s room for everyone in the kingdom of God but not for all of our posturing or our possessions. Is there anyone whose coming to Jesus would bother you? Is there anything you need to let go of to follow Jesus?

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