The Faith of a Child

Keith Knight 

“One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch them and bless them, but the disciples told them not to bother him. But when Jesus saw what was happening, he was very displeased with his disciples. He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I assure you, anyone who doesn’t have their kind of faith will never get into the Kingdom of God.” Then he took the children into his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.” Mark 10:13-16

Jesus was often criticized for spending too much time with the wrong people. The disciples thought children were unworthy of the Master’s time. But Jesus welcomed little children because they had the kind of faith and trust needed to enter God’s Kingdom. It’s vital to introduce children to Jesus Christ and that we ourselves approach Him with a childlike attitude of faith, acceptance and trust.

One of the greatest pleasures in life is seeing and watching a child memorize Scripture. It’s equally satisfying to listen to a child sing to our God. And when a child breaks out into song and sings Scripture that they have memorized, your spirit can’t help but rejoice. “The Faith of a Child” brings solace and peace into a confused and hurting world. It fills up our hearts and it lifts our souls. As a father and grandfather, it brings my life great delight and joy when my children and grandchildren praise Jesus. But most of all, I know that God is smiling and is saying…“Well Done!!!”

As a pastor, I’ve had the privilege of watching “The Faith of a Child” take place in the lives of my grandchildren during the past month. The first treasure occurred when I had the opportunity to baptize my grandsons, Eli, who is 10 and Micah (8) out at Sunrise Church East Valley which currently meets at Sundance Elementary School in Beaumont. Blessed is an understatement!!! Listening to their personal testimonies, hearing them explain that they had done wrong things, were sinners but that Jesus died for their sins to give them eternal life. By faith, they explained how they accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. By faith they took a bold step of faith, identifying themselves as followers of Jesus. This celebration took place in front of family, friends, their elementary school teachers and administrators at Sundance. You see, the school they attend Monday thru Friday is also where they attend church on Sunday. It was a great witnessing experience and God was honored.

Recently I also had the joy of watching and listening to my granddaughter Sadie recite and perform Deuteronomy 31:6 at home. It special because Sadie is 3 years old and life is a song for her. Her childlike faith is real and she loves Jesus. I’m thankful for the Children’s Ministry and the volunteers at Sunrise Church in Rialto where Sadie is growing and learning about Jesus. Their memory verse for this month was Deuteronomy 31:6 which says, “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid, for the Lord your God goes with you. He will not leave you.” Sadie loves to sing out Scripture in song, including hand motions and when she starts to sing, the Word comes to life for her in a real way. It brings me great hope and joy knowing that one day, I trust that she, too, will receive Jesus into her heart as Savior!

What child can you share Jesus with today?
Have Faith like a Child and be blessed!!!

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