Daily Devotional Luke 18:15-17 – How can we receive the kingdom of God like a child? – Online Bible Study – Commentary in easy English – Day 341

People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Luke 18:15-17)

When my newborn babies were placed on my chest for the first time, tear-bringing love bonded us. I wanted my children blessed by Jesus as every God-believing parent does. These verses and similar ones in the New Testament are the only basis for infant baptism but also imply it isn’t necessary because little children already belong to the kingdom of God. Like many parents, I wanted my babies baptized because it is the closest thing to Jesus placing his hands on them.

The disciples rebuked parents for bringing their children to Jesus, but Jesus knew blessing their babies was important to them. He blessed them and also used it as a teaching moment to bless all that listened. We should think beyond Jesus’ words and ask why God wants us to be like little children to enter His kingdom. He wants us to love and depend on Him, help others, receive His love and forgiveness, cuddle in His lap, let Him lead us down a path, and tell Him what’s on our mind. These are things that young children are good at.

Father God, I belong to Your kingdom. Remind me I’m Your child. Love me, lead me, cuddle me, forgive me, and listen to me. Let me be receptive to all you give including the power of the Holy Spirit to advance Your kingdom. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen.

Daily Devotional Luke 18:15-17 – How can we receive the kingdom of God like a child? – Online Bible Study – Commentary in easy English – Day 341

6 thoughts on “Daily Devotional Luke 18:15-17 – How can we receive the kingdom of God like a child? – Online Bible Study – Commentary in easy English – Day 341

  1. Being child like, unconditional love and trust. God wants to nurture us like we are small children. As adults, some have learned to be cynical and hardened to the realities of life. No ones life is perfect and with everything going on in the world right now, it is easy to lose sight of what is important. I think that God does not want us to be hardened. He wants us to look for the good in every situation and remain child like in our love and trust. I feel that we need to be cautious in life today because of people that want to take advantage and get something that doesn’t belong to them. With technology it has become so easy to steal from someone. Satan nurtures these bad people. Being cautious, is not becoming cynical or hardened. God wants us to see the beauty of life, our families and the beauty of the world he has blessed us with.

    1. You are right. God wants us to be like little children because we are His children. He wants us to depend on him for protection. And we certainly need protection in every aspect of our lives in today’s world.

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    1. Tammie, thanks so much for your encouragement. I’m so happy you enjoyed the blog, and I hope you come back soon. I prayed for you and your family. Blessings, Jody

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