13 Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. 14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 15 When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.
I love the way that Jesus interacts with all the people present in this story. He isn’t afraid to be counter cultural, to demonstrate the Father’s heart of love towards all people. Children included. Jesus rebukes the ones who think they are doing the right thing in order to ensure that all know the love of God, know that they are welcome, know that they belong and matter. This demonstrates the nature of God. His arms are open.
As we reach people with Jesus, we are reaching them with a God whose arms are wide open, who loves them whole heartedly and welcomes people in. Who has paid the price for the many and the one. This shapes our approach to reaching people, it shapes who we reach and how we reach.
Jesus, thank you that you model what it is to welcome people into your family. Thank you that you live with your arms open towards humanity. Help me today to have eyes to see the people that you want me to reach with your love. In Jesus Name, Amen
Written by Ps. Annique Botta