A Certain Quality
There can be no greater question posed than the one asked within chapter 10 of Mark verses 13-16. “What must one do to enter into the Kingdom of God?”
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 10:13-16)
One must enter the Kingdom of God with a “certain quality”. You may ask, “What do you mean you have to have quality to enter the Kingdom of God?”
Children have a habit of crashing adult parties.
The story begins when some parents came to Jesus with their children, seeking Him to simply touch them. The disciples intervened. After all, there was work to be done and miracles to be performed and sermons to be preached and demons to be cast out. They figured that only “important people” should see Jesus. Certainly there was no time for something as mundane and as useless as a bunch of soiled diapers and runny noses.
Jesus rebukes them for it. Jesus was indignant. He became emotionally involved. Whereas the disciples had been rebuking the parents, now Jesus rebuked the disciples. Why? Because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
A child has a “certain quality”, which is necessary for anyone who would desire to enter into the Kingdom of God. Jesus said. “Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.”
In what way must we enter the kingdom like a child? What is it that draws Jesus to a child?
A “Certain Quality” of Trust.
Have you ever seen a child leap into their father’s arms? That child doesn’t say, “Are you certain that you have the right timing and motor control to catch me in a safe manner in accordance with OSHA Standards?” There is complete trust and abandonment.
A “Certain Quality” of Being Un-Powerful.
There is nothing so powerless as a baby. The smaller the child, the more helpless that child is. The more that parent takes an active role in feeding and changing and nursing and burping that child.
A “Certain Quality” of Being Teachable.
The mind and soul of a child is a sponge, ready to soak up knowledge. You know the familiar saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” We grow up and we become set in our ways and we become un-teachable. If we ever become un-teachable, then we cease our spiritual growth.
Jesus looked at the disciples with their growing sophistication and their doctrinal knowledge and He pointed to these children and said, “You need to be like that.”
What is being like that?
Have the unquenchable “certain qualities” of a child and you will enter the kingdom of God and “live lighter today”.
Question of the day:
What are times in your life when you have been like a child in the kingdom of God? What did it look like?