Have you ever thought about what it takes to receive God’s blessing? Many go forward in meetings wanting to be prayed over for a blessing. Do you know that how you receive it is the most important part?
Jesus understood this and it was a part of His ministry.
People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant.
To understand this principle we’ll look at an incident in the life of Christ. There were some parents who wanted Jesus to bless their children by laying His hands on them.
The disciples were going to have none of that. After all, no one wants a group of rowdy children running around the Messiah. It’s not dignified!
When He saw what His disciples were doing, the Lord got angry. The Greek words of this verse imply that He was bent out of shape. Jesus loved having children around Him.
He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
The Lord then says some interesting things. He tells us that there’s something that everyone needs to do like a child. That is to receive the kingdom of God. As a matter of fact, Jesus said that if you don’t receive it first, you can’t enter the kingdom.
That’s because, to a child, the word of an adult is absolute truth. If you tell them that you’re going to take them for Ice cream at 6:00, then they’re waiting by the door at 5:50. It’s their ability to accept as truth whatever is spoken to them that Christ is commending.
It’s also the basis for receiving anything in God’s kingdom. It’s the assumption that God’s Word is total truth before we even hear it.
I think this is where we get in trouble sometimes. We hear God’s Word. We wonder if it sounds possible or not. Then we try to work up the faith to believe the Word. That’s not how it should be.
Paul understood this principle.
My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.
1 Corinthians 2:4-5
When God’s power is being demonstrated in the church, I begin to see just how powerful He is. The understanding of that power gives me the assumption that whatever God says, He can perform. After that, walking in faith isn’t a problem.
These children were ready to receive whatever the Lord had for them.
And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.
When the Scripture says that Jesus blessed them, it literally means that He spoke a blessing over each one. I believe that the Lord spoke a personal Word of prophecy over each child. He was looking forward to what each one was called to accomplish in his or her life.
As children, each one was able to believe the Word spoken to them and they received it in perfect faith. That’s what we need to do if we want to see the blessing of God active in our lives and ministries.
Question: What blessings have been spoken over your life in the past?
© 2018 Nick Zaccardi