Let the Little Children Come – Reflections on VBS
Tonight is the fourth and final night of Eagle Heights Vacation Bible School (VBS), and for some workers, and even a few children, it can’t end fast enough. After all, a child can be hard and tiring work. But then put one child with nine others and you have px90-like workout.
It’s not mean, it’s just true. Children can wear you flat slick.
But aren’t they worth it? Isn’t every little child worth our very best energy and effort?
Jesus certainly thought so.
“13 Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, 14 but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” 15 And he laid his hands on them and went away.” (Matthew 19:13-15, ESV)
Don’t miss the context. Jesus is on the cusp of finishing the work of dying for the sins of many. He is engaged in heavy hitting discussions with religious scholars about divorce. He is talking to important people of the day like the “Rich Young Ruler”, and He still makes the time for the seemingly lesser ones.
Doesn’t Jesus have better things to do than to pray for little children when there are so many adults around who might have an immediate and greater impact for the Kingdom?
We know the answer and it is to the disciples shame. “Let the little children come to Me.”
I confess, I have had to pray for my own attitude through this week. I have found myself thinking, “Just three more nights.” And then, “Just two more nights.” And then, “One last night.” When I should have been thanking God for this Christ-like opportunity to welcome and love the little children because “to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
I forget too easily that I was once a child and someone worked at Bible School to serve me. You can likely say the same thing and I hope we can live in such a way that we have gratitude and a renewed joy to love the little children just as Jesus did; even when it is tiring, hard and inconvenient.
They won’t be little for long.