Sermon Notes:Christians Should Love Like Children
Love can mean many things in many different situations. No matter what the situation one of the clearest and best examples of love can be found in little children. Lets look at what Christ himself taught about this in,
“Some people brought children to Jesus so that he would place his hands on them and pray. But the disciples scolded them. “Allow the children to come to me.” Jesus said “ Don’t forbid them, because the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to people like these.”
Jesus valued children because of the way they love and embrace the world around them. Children love without restriction or boundary. Children love without expectation of anything in return. This is the example Christ would have us follow in his love for him.
I remember years ago I needed to move my car in the driveway so someone else could get out. My nephew who was probably about two saw me go to get in the car and begged to go with me. Trying to explain to that little one that I wasn’t really going anywhere did no good at all. So I buckled him into his car seat. We backed up about a car length, turned the wheel and went back forward about a car length, and parked again. I no more had him out of his car seat, and back on the ground before he turned to me and said “ Thank you for the car ride Uncle Robert !” The short distance was irrelevant to him. The fact that the whole thing took less than five minutes mattered not. This is how children love.
Years later I was eating breakfast. One of my grandchildren who wasn’t feeling well crawled up into the chair next to me. Even though he had already eaten his own breakfast, I waited for him to beg for some of mine. He didn’t. He sat there the whole time I was eating. He sat there smiling away and enjoying being in the presence of his “papa.” This is what Christ expects from us, out of our love for him.
Mathew is not the only author of the Gospels to tell this story ! Take a look now at,
“People were bringing children to Jesus so that he would bless them. But the disciples scolded them. When Jesus saw this he became angry and said to them, “Allow the children to come to me. Don’t forbid them because God’s kingdom belongs to people like these children. I assure you that whoever doesn’t welcome God’s kingdom like a child will never enter it.” Then he hugged the children and blessed them.
The Son of God as busy as he must have been while here on Earth, had time for even the smallest among us. This too is how this verse, and this story sets the standard for our love. We parents and grandparents in particular need to pay close attention to our savior’s behavior here. These children were strangers to Christ yet he made time for them. How much more important must it be for us to make time for the children God has given us, and that we profess to love ?
We find yet another account of the same event in,
“People were bringing babies to Jesus so he would bless them. When the disciples saw this, they scolded them. Then Jesus called to them and said “ Allow the children to come to me. Don’t forbid them, because God’s Kingdom belongs to people like these children. I assure you that whoever doesn’t welcome God’s kingdom like a child will never enter it.”
We start to understand the importance of this concept when we consider that Mathew, Mark and Luke all thought enough of it to include it in their separate accounts of the Gospel. Notice that in all three accounts Jesus calls on all people to love him, and embrace God’s kingdom in the same way that children do.
This example is not only valid for how we love Christ. It is also valuable to follow in how we love our spouses, children, and everybody else we care about. God put children among us in part to teach us not only how to love, but how to love his way. If you ever feel yourself losing your grasp on what love truly means, take a look at the children around you, better yet spend some extra time with them. God has given us the example of the standard we should follow. Jesus has pointed that example out to us. It now falls to us to follow that example.