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DO NOT HINDER

Matthew 19:14 “But Jesus said, ‘Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’”

 LET THEM COME

 I can’t tell you how many times parents have come to me questioning whether their children are old enough to accept Christ as their Savior.  I understand that they want to make sure they understand the importance of this decision.  But, let me tell you, children get it.  It’s we adults who don’t understand.

In today’s verse Jesus tells the disciples to “not hinder” the little children from coming to Him.  In other words, don’t stop them.  Jesus loved children.  The passage goes on to say He laid His hands on them and blessed them.  How much more do you need to read.  When children come to Jesus, He touches and blesses them.

TEACHING MOMENT

Okay, Mom and Dad, hear me out.  I am not going to try to convince you to allow your seven-year-old to get baptized. What I am saying is this.  Believe your child!  If they understand that Jesus was God’s Son sent to die for them, if they see themselves as a sinner in need of salvation, if they believe He was buried, rose again the third day and ascended to heaven, and if they have confessed this with their mouth – guess what?  The Bible says they are saved.

They may not understand all the deep theological truths of Scripture, but I bet you don’t either.  Don’t be like the disciples.  Don’t hinder your children from coming to Christ.  Let them come.  Let Jesus lay His hands on them and bless them.  There is no better feeling than knowing your child’s eternity is sealed.

Have you been guilty of hindering anyone from coming to Christ?  Have your actions or words persuaded someone to go in the opposite direction?  Repent of that and do all you can to introduce others to Christ.  Lead them to His feet for His blessing of salvation.

Thank You Father, for sending Your Son to bless my children.  Let me get out of the way and allow them to go to Him.  Help me teach and disciple them with Your Word.

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