You can’t blame the disciples. Jesus’ popularity is growing. Crowds are swelling, and these moms want Jesus to bless their babies? Pleeaassee! The disciples began to rebuke the mothers and send them away. Jesus immediately stopped them. “Let the little children come to me,” he said, “and don’t stop them because the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Luke 18:16)
At Global Bible Initiative, we whole-heartedly agree with Jesus. Children are the future. They may be small and seem unimportant, but these little ones have hearts that are open to the good news. Maybe that’s why four out of five people who believe in Jesus do so because of something that influenced them by the age of 14.
In some countries, the governments try to block children from attending church services or hearing the gospel at home. Their strategy is to turn children away from accepting faith in Christ, knowing that once they are older, they will be less likely to.
Children are the future. They’re also more able to hear the “still, small voice of the Spirit.” (1 Kings 19:12-13) Let’s take the time to make sure they have God’s Word in their mother tongue.
CEO, Global Bible Initiative