“And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said to them, Suffer the little children to come to me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.” Mark 10: 13-16
There were ten minutes left before church began. As I glanced toward the aisle a little girl was walking past holding her mother’s hand. This little girl with her Sunday dress, shiny black shoes and little pony tail was walking down the aisle with her mother. Her little hand was tightly clasping on to her mother’s, and as they went past I noticed that the little girl’s eyes were shut. She was walking willingly, but she did not know where she was going. This little girl, it is obvious, trusted her mother so much that she knew if she held mother’s hand everything was fine. In fact, to this little girl holding mothers hand and walking or watching where she was walking was one and the same.
A child can trust his or her parents so easily and we also see how deep their trust in God is. A child after hearing a Bible story believes it so strongly that it is almost the same as if that little child actually witnessed the event. This trust or faith, Jesus Christ tells us, determines whether we will inherit eternal life. Mark 10:1 5b says “whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein”. This simple trust in God and in the Bible is crucial to our communion with God. As we see this lack of faith and humility in our life we must pray that God will give it to us.
This humility will also show itself in our lives. When we have a question or problem we will turn first to the Bible. This is only right if, seeing it or Jesus saying it, is the same for us. We will need no other. But watch out, today’s ecclesiastical scene would persuade us that the verse in question was written two thousand years ago, and of course it applied then, but is the same true today? Today we have Christian liberty and we are progressing so nicely on new theology— but wait — if we talk like this we have already lost it. Jesus says in Matthew 18:3 “Except ye be converted, and become as little children ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” If we have adopted today’s philosophy and elevate our ideas and interpretations over what the Bible directly teaches, God commands us to be converted. We must hold this childlike faith and humility whether we are factory workers, farmers, pastors or the world’s most learned theologian. If we are not humbly faithful to the Bible, it is over. We must remember that human wisdom can never replace the word of God.
As the new editor of the BEACON LIGHTS, it is my prayer that this magazine be based in a deep humility for the Bible, which encourages the readers not to question the authority of God’s word, but study it, apply it, and live it.
So let us be found in Him!