God Loves Children
Ever wonder how God feels about children? Psalm 127:3 (NIV) calls them “a heritage from the Lord.” When God wanted to bless Abraham, the founder of Israel, he promised to make Abraham’s offspring as numerous as the stars in the sky (Genesis 15:5). The Bible tells fathers to bring up children “in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4, NIV).
You see a similar concern for children in the life of Jesus. When some people in a large crowd asked Jesus to pray for their children, his followers rebuked them. (You can imagine them saying, “Go away. The master’s too busy.”) But Jesus responded, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14, NIV).
On another occasion, Jesus’ followers asked him who was the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus placed a child among them. Then he said that unless they became like little children, they would never enter the kingdom of heaven. He also said whoever welcomes a child in his name welcomes him, warning, “But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea” (Matthew 18:6, NLT).
If God feels this strongly about children, you should take him seriously. Ask yourself: What am I doing to help guide children’s lives? If you are a parent, are you treating them with the care and love they deserve? If you are a teacher, how will the lessons you teach today help them prepare to face tomorrow? If you are an older brother or sister, are you treating your younger sibling with kindness? Or are you constantly telling them, “You’re a pest”?
Sure, kids can try anyone’s patience. They act up, disobey and rebel. After all, they’re children, not miniature adults. They need patient instruction, teaching and discipline.
The attention and love you show to children is one of the best investments you ever make in the future.
A Challenge For You…
Find an organization that helps children. For example, both the Boys and Girls Clubs and Big Brothers Big Sisters always need adult mentors. Many organizations have after-school programs where you can help tutor kids. Or find another—and volunteer.
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