Learning from little children
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Mark 10: 14-15
As young adults and adults it does us good to watch how children behave when they receive a gift. Their eyes light up in awe when a gift is big. In excitement they rip the paper open to see what’s inside. They take hold of their gift in awe and wonder and often jump up and down with excitement as they anticipate interacting with it.
How did you behave when you received your last gift? Some of us read the card first because we’ve learned that this is polite. To rip the paper open in anticipation may be viewed as greedy. We peel off the sellotape gently, just in case we can re-use the paper. We wonder if we will like the gift, and hope it comes with an exchange card if we don’t.
Jesus wants us to receive the Kingdom of God just like a child receives a free gift. And who says we can’t learn from children?