He Calls to the Child Within Us

By Terry Wardle

April 1, 2012

My mind keeps returning to the statement Jesus made about children. “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me…” (Mark 9:37).

It is crystal clear that Jesus held little children in high esteem and insisted that adults treat them with honor, respect and great care. His model of acceptance must be taken seriously and we would all do well to remember that Jesus said that the Kingdom of God belonged to them. Any investment we make in children, be it time, words, money, or prayer is kingdom ministry at its highest level.

So, with that in mind, I have been thinking about the child within us all. We are long past questioning the fact that there are yet small and undeveloped places within our own lives. And for many, the attitudes we hold toward these little parts of our selves is far less than positive. We are often unaccepting of these weak and undeveloped places, punitive, condemning, and shaming. We work hard to put these little parts of ourselves far away from conscious recognition because we are ashamed.

The words of Jesus apply here. At least I believe that. These small and fragile parts of ourselves hold great potential for our lives. They may be weak and wounded, but they are precious to Christ. Rather than rejecting those parts of ourselves, Jesus longs to welcome them to his lap, wanting to hold and bless them. But often, we are like the disciples who work hard to hold these inner children back.

Oh that we would hear the words of Jesus, “bring the children to me, for theirs is the Kingdom of God.”

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