Whose Kingdom is it Anyway?
“Let the children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs” Matt. 19:14
I’m trying to teach my kids not to interrupt when their mother and I are talking. They’re still learning. Sometimes I have to shoo them away until I can give them my attention, and respond to their requests.
Not long after Jesus taught about becoming like little children, the disciples were at it again, trying to prevent the crowds from bringing their kids to be blessed by him. He doesn’t tell them to go away and come back later. Jesus commands them to
bring the children. They are invited to receive a special blessing! Clearly these little ones matter to Jesus.
Who are the ones we count out, shoo away, are unwilling to welcome?
During Lent, as we take time to confess the ways we’ve failed to love and serve neighbors. We might also get honest about how we as the church and as individuals have tried to manage and manipulate who is in and who is outside of God’s family.
Jesus’ welcome is for all. And ALL means ALL.
As we share the heart of Christ in the heart of the city, the way we welcome our neighbors should reflect Jesus’ love for each one. It’s not always easy. Sometimes it requires us to take a look at ourselves and examine our own hearts. When we do, we may realize that God’s grace is enough to welcome ALL those beloved children, and that includes ones who are still learning…like us.