“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” -Matthew 19:14.
I love this verse, and surprisingly, it took me forever to find because I couldn’t remember what the verse was! Thank goodness for Google; now I have the verse memorized! 🙂
Anyways, have you ever noticed how when you get older, your boundaries of “bad” expand? I know for a fact that mine have. For example, when I was younger I thought saying the word ‘stupid’ was a bad word, but at this age, the word ‘stupid’ just comes and goes as it pleases. The same goes along in other circumstances, (and this is in the general society) dating, kissing, virginity, makeup, sneaking out, partying, drinking…oh my, the list could go on forever, and it does.
The thing is, when we get older, the world influences us to become more like it. As we get older, especially in our teen years, our boundaries tend to fit the world, not ours. Our morals and ethics, fit the world, not ours. Our idea of good and bad, fit the world, not ours. This, is bad.
First of all, (I’ve probably used this verse a gazillion times, but it’s quite relevant so…)
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” -Romans 12:2
God’s will is definitely not the world’s will. If we want to follow God, we’re going to need to give up other things that might be tempting. That’s something we need to accept.
My favorite part in the verse I stated at the beginning of the post about God letting the children in is “…for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” At such a young age, your mind hasn’t been revolved around the world. It hasn’t yet been corrupted. Good and bad, is their pure idea of good and bad. They haven’t experienced so much in the worldly environment, which is what keeps them as simple and clean as they are. And that’s what God loves children. They’re pure.
When we begin to be influenced by our surroundings, we really need to stop and think. Are these God’s boundaries or the world’s boundaries? We need to know the limits God has given to us.
God has given us several priveledges, but we can’t take advantage of them. Yes, we need to live our life…but for GOD! Our limits need to be clear, and we can ask God to clear those boundaries up for us.
We should actually look to our younger ones as role models. Sometimes they can be childish, but because of their innocence, they are likely to be much better than us on the inside. Why?
Their thoughts, words, and actions are pure.