Let Them Come
By Guest Author on April 10th, 2013

Picture this: the prayer room at the International House of Prayer brimming with guests from around the world. Leading the Transform World 2020 Summit were three hundred major leaders in the missions movement worldwide. I was pacing with my three-year-old buddy, Judah, when suddenly he spotted the communion table in the back. His hand immediately reached out, his eyes widened, and his lips went round as he yanked me toward it, saying, “Ooooooo Amber!” No way, not today. I gently yet firmly took him in the other direction, trying to find something a little less sacred to put in his perilous toddler hands. When I turned my back to the communion table, a whisper in my heart confronted me: “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them.” Whoa. Did I just hinder Judah? Immediately I turned around.

As I expected, the juice spilled, he wanted more than one oyster cracker, and before I finished explaining the theology of the eucharist in terms he might understand, Judah crammed his tongue into the mini-cup to lap up the last remnant of grape juice. Then he pointed to the painting hanging above the table and said, “Jesus!” We prayed “Thank you, Jesus” as we paused to look at the painting together. We finished, he did a few flips, and we were on our way. I’m sad to think I almost robbed Jesus of that moment with His child.

Could it be that He wants the little children to come to Him as they are—as kids? Could it be that He takes dancing and running and laughing and talking too loud as real worship? Could He be laughing too?

We don’t need to control His kids and cause them to approach Him stealthily. He knows how they act. He’s their Father. His Word doesn’t rebuke kids for their childlikeness. It rebukes us from stopping them.

Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.’ And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.” Mark 10:13–15

–Amber Helms


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