- It is good to grow more mature in the faith, but Christ still claims that people ought to have a child-like faith.
- What might it mean that we have childlike faith?
o Are you trusting (particularly with God?)
o Are you admittedly dependant on God?
o Do you get excited about the faith?
o Do you desire to please the Father?
Mark 10:13-16 (HCSB)
Some people were bringing little children to Him so He might touch them, but His disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw it, He was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me. Don’t stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I assure you: Whoever does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” After taking them in His arms, He laid His hands on them and blessed them.
Mark tells us this part of the story amidst 3 bad examples of what it means to have faith.
- Mark 10:1-12. Pharisees ask Jesus about divorce, criticizing Him and doing what they can to trap Him.
o The Pharisees were concerned with power and with the operation of a religious organization more than they were concerned with trusting God.
o If I trust God, I believe that He knows what He is doing.
o If I trust that God knows what He is doing, I spend more time examining myself than I do criticizing or condemning others (Because God has all authority. Not me.)
o When we do feel a need to point out the faults in others, we do that with love, from scripture, not dwelling but encouraging.
o Unlike these Pharisees, we do not want to be guilty of working against God (even if we do think ourselves to have good motives).
- This passage (Mark 10:13-16)
o The disciples keep Children from coming to Jesus.
o 2 things here
- We have no right to keep anyone from Jesus. If they want that relationship, we become and encouragement to them, not a hindrance.
- Just as the children were excited about being with Jesus, we can be excited too! Here Jesus actually rebukes those who would keep us from worshipping Christ.
ú You might be looked down upon because your young.
ú You might be seen as a trouble maker, immature, obnoxious and you might not feel that important.
ú God actually rebukes those people, especially in the church, that might look down on you or try and keep you from doing what God has called you to do. Let me just say that there are a great many people who will fight for you in everything (and I am one of those).
- Mark 10:17-22
o There is a rich man who chooses riches over God
o Children are happy with little
o It is not until we become adults that we are concerned with how much we have.
o The fact of the matter is, even when we have much, we own nothing for everything is God’s.
o Are we content?
If we don’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child, Christ says that we will not enter it.
- Addressing the Pharisee, the wayward disciple and the rich man.
- The challenge here is not for us to become a child. It is for us to put away ourselves so that we might receive the Kingdom of God.
A true believer:
- Trusts God, and trusts what God is doing in the world and in the lives of others. His aim is to please God, not people. (popularity or control)
- Is dependant on God and excited about the faith, never keeping people from the love of Christ.
o By the way, choosing not to tell people about Christ seems just as bad as intentionally keeping people away from Him.
- Is content with only having God. (dating?)
o Our health will fail us in this world
o Money cannot buy happiness
o People will always disappoint us
- I will even disappoint you at some point.
o God is always faithful and is always the only thing we need.
- There is a great freedom in this.