37 “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” (Mark 9:37, NIV)
I love watching children at our church. Usually, they are present in the big room before the service starts, then leave with their teachers (some of whom are also their mothers 🙂 ) and then re-appear in the end, returning from their Sunday school class. They smile broadly when they see you and are the first to reach their hand for greeting. They show you pictures from Biblical stories they have colored and explain what is in the pictures. Even those who don’t speak English, seem to understand you perfectly when you address them in English.
We, adults, are so complicated as compared to children. We need a half-hour sermon to be encouraged, we may discuss religious issues to reason our faith. We say we want to be strengthened in our faith because circumstances made us disappointed.
Children aren’t like that. They say “God is good” and “Jesus loves me” because “the Bible says so.” They momentarily embrace and accept God’s truths. I could say that they readily ask Jesus into their hearts, but… Jesus IS ALREADY in their hearts. Kids can teach even mature believers a thing or two by their trusting example.
Heavenly Father, I pray that You give me the faith these children have. May I gain the sincerity, openness, and innocence of their feeling towards You.