21 Days Fast & Pray - Day 13 : SAC and the children
A. Devotion - Mark 10:13-16
As we reflect on the story of Jesus and His heart for children in the book of Mark, it is important for us to be reminded of the importance for the need of children to be blessed by Christ i.e. know Jesus and that they are all children of God.
Mark 10:13 tells us that "People were bringing children to Jesus" so that they could be blessed and dedicated to life of discipleship. That is at the heart of what we want for our children. We want our children to be blessed by God so they could grow to be strong disciples. That is the command of God given to us in Deuteronomy 6:7 that which says that it is our responsibility to do what we can to nurture the children of Christian faith.
We also read that Jesus was visibly angry with at His disciples for attempting to keep the children away from Him. They were giving people the false impression that Jesus has no time for insignificant people like little children. He embraced those children instead. We ought to never hinder children from coming to Christ but fervently show these children with he love and mercy of Christ.
We must do our part to ensure that they know first and foremost that they are children of God who are so loved and treasured. This is evident on Mark 10:16 when Jesus took the children in His arms, placed His hands on them and blessed them.
B. Application / Self-reflection
- What can we do to show the love of Jesus to children?
- How can we affirm children's identity in Christ.