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But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

—Matthew 19:14
We need God’s help to be moms and dads. We live in a culture that is largely hostile to the family. It certainly does not support the role of mother and father. In fact, in many ways, culture (music, movies, television, etc.) tends to undermine the role of the parent.

In the Gospels, we read about how the parents brought their children to Jesus. “One day some parents brought their little children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But when the disciples saw this, they scolded the parents for bothering him. Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, ‘Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children'” (Luke 18:15–16 NLT).

I love that story. The parents see Jesus and bring their kids to Him, but the disciples push them back. They say things like, “Don’t bother the Master right now,” “He is busy,” or “He is tired.” And Jesus says, “Hold on now. Let those little children come to Me, for such is the kingdom of Heaven!” Let them come. The kids came to Christ and loved Him, and He loved them and their parents.

In the original language it could be translated, “They kept bringing their children to Jesus.” I like the fact that even though they were rebuffed by the disciples, they were persistent. If you are a smart parent, you will keep bringing your child to Jesus. Your part is important. Be faithful in it.

And remember, nothing can really happen through us until it has first happened to us. Paul writes in Philippians 4:9, “The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do.” What your children need most is to see your faith in action.

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