What Jesus Did! 'Let Them Come to Me!' — Mark 10:13-14

Thursday, July 11, 2024

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One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him.

When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them, "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children."

— Mark 10:13-14 NLT

Key Thought

We must not do anything to keep "the children" — whether that means new followers of Jesus or young children — from knowing the grace and power of Jesus! Even more than that, we must actively encourage and help the Lord's "children" find their place in Jesus' family, have their needs fulfilled by Jesus' grace, and use their gifts as part of Jesus' body.

Today's Prayer

O Father, please help me to never put off a child who needs to know your love. Help me and use me, O God, to show them your love and help them serve to your glory. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 18:1-6
  • Malachi 2:13-16
  • John 12:23-24


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Illustration of Mark 10:13-14 NLT — "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children."

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.