Mark 10:14 – Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. (NKJV)
Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. (NKJV)
Sometimes, we who wear chains around our necks will unconsciously finger or twist them as we talk to people. One day, when my young grandson, Jesse (about four years old at the time), was sitting on my lap, he noticed that I was twisting something on the chain around my neck. He said, "Grandma, what is that?"
I replied, "This is a cross, and when I wear it, it reminds me that Jesus died on a cross for my sins."
To my astonishment, he promptly came back with, "But Grandma, Jesus is alive!"
I immediately said, "You are so right, Jesse. Jesus is indeed alive; He died on the cross, and arose again from the dead."
What an opportunity I had that day to witness to this little child — who is a gift from God — that Jesus lives. He also taught me something: never underestimate what children take in, even when we think they are not listening.
Jesse is now eight years old, and is learning more about our Lord. He phoned me recently, reciting John 3:16, and, at the end, very emphatically said, "Jesus Christ is the Son of God" — all this without taking a breath. What a delight it is to a grandmother's heart to know that someone so close to her is learning about his heavenly Father, and is letting her know it.
God says we should bring up these precious children of His to know Him. May we always be ready to lead them to Him, and to realize that sometimes they can be the ones to lead us.
Prayer: Dear Father, help us always to remember the children. Grant us the wisdom not to turn them away from Your kingdom by our words or actions, but rather to lead them to You. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.