Jesus Blesses Little Children
Mark 10:13-16 (NRSV)
13 People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. 14 But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 15 Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.
So, munch got baptized last Sunday at church. I was super excited. My son is 7 and made the choice to commit his life to Christ. I was anxious and scared because it was a sign that he was growing up.
Sidebar: I’m not ready for him to grow up. He’s still so little.
But, it was his choice. One that he’s never doubted and will tell you with the greatest of ease that he loves the Lord. That God is the father and he will always protect us. Didn’t I tell you this kid was awesome?
His commitment to Christ had me in tears. When the pastor asked him, “Do you believe that God sent his son Jesus to Earth to die for our sins and that he died on the cross, has risen and now sits at God’s right hand?” Munch loudly proclaimed “Yes”. He said, “I now baptize you in the name of the father, son and holy spirit”. I was literally crying. Tears streaming down my face and squeezing my girlfriend’s hand tightly.
My baby was no longer a baby and was now a proud Christian. After he received the right hand in fellowship I had to fill out some paperwork, get his certificate and a whole packet of welcoming information for him. Everyone was congratulating him. In pure munch fashion, he asked, “Mommy, why do people keep congratulating me?” I responded, “Because they’re happy that you made the decision to follow Christ and get baptized. He looked puzzled. “It’s a big deal” I said. “Oh” was his reply.
See, munch understood the commitment he was making, he just didn’t understand why people were making a big deal out of it. He was just doing what he thought was right. How awesome is that? How many of us just do what we think is right? Without hesitation? Without fear? Without worrying about what other people will think of us? Without accolades or fan fare he was making a decision simply because he loves God.
You know I’m emotional right? I’m one proud mama and I just can’t help it. This little boy amazes me each day. He reminds me that God loved me so much that he gave me a son.