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Let the Children Come
by Jenny on June 23rd, 2016

"Let the children come to Me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children." Matthew 19:14

I want to do big things for God.

I enjoy writing, teaching, traveling. God said to go and make disciples (Matthew 28:19). While the emphasis of that verse is on the making and not the going, I have had the privilege of both making AND going . . . and I want to make and go more.

But I can't. At least not right now. Right now I have five precious ones who depend on me for, well, everything it seems. And though I love them something fierce individually, when they all five need something at the same time I end up feeling highly overwhelmed and discouraged.

My flesh cries out, "Is this all, God? Dirty diapers, tripping over scattered toys all the livelong day, answering the question, 'What's for dinner, Mom?' five minutes after we've finished lunch? Dirty dishes, dirty laundry, dirty floors? Sibling rivalry, bumps on the head, baby waking up early, too early? Constantly pulled in five different directions? IS THIS ALL, GOD!?!"

But my heart knows better.

I know how Jesus feels about children.

The Bible tells of a time when a group of parents brought their children to Jesus so that the children could be blessed by Him. The disciples assumed that Jesus was too busy, too important to be bothered by the needs of children, and they drove the parents away. But Jesus said, "Let the little children come to Me." (Matthew 19:13-14)

I am like the disciples. The disciples wanted to follow Jesus. They wanted to do big things for God. But oh how often they misunderstood what "big" looked like to the heart of God.

If I truly love Christ then my job is to go where He says to go and do what He says to do. I am not to be concerned with the size or location of the work. I am to be an unworthy servant who simply does what God asks of me (Luke 17:10).

I pray often that God will allow me to finish the work assigned to me by Him (Acts 20:24). God is faithful to lead hearts that are ready and willing to follow Him. The enemy would love nothing more than for me to believe that my children are too insignificant, too unworthy of my time; that by being with my children I'm missing out on something more.

But the heart and the Word of God teach me otherwise.

I can't do anything for God. I can only do things with God. When I trust that my current season of life is the path that God has chosen for His greatest glory, I can expel the fear that I'm missing out on something bigger and better. Instead, I can get down on bended knee with arms open wide and let the children come.

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I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling, Bible-teaching mom of six, and wife to my college sweetheart. I believe everyone can live a life of abundance through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and radical obedience to His Word.

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