It has been a little over 5 years since my youngest son Bronner went to heaven. My family and I have been amazed how God continues to use his little earthly life to impact thousands of people around the world.
I often turn the gospel of Mark chapter 10 to this beautiful scene involving Jesus and a group of little children. A group of parents are trying to get their children near Jesus for him to bless them while he is teaching another group of adults. The culture of the day was much different than the culture in which we live today concerning children. Children were supposed to be out of sight and they should never interrupt a male teacher under any circumstance, which is why the disciples stopped the children from getting to Jesus. When Jesus saw that the children were being kept from him the Bible says he was very upset and scolded his followers for withholding the children from coming into his presence.
The Bible then documents these beautiful words from Jesus, “Let the children come to me, do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” Then the Bible tells us the children went into his arms, and laying his hands on them — he blessed them.
I think about this story every time I see Bronner’s little life being used to advance the kingdom of God and to be used to help so many in need. Jesus was very clear as documented in Matthew chapter 25 that when we feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, clothing to the naked and visit those who are in prison that we actually do those things to him. He also goes on to say that when we do not do these same things to those in need, we refuse to do that to him. Jesus sums it up by saying, ” What you do to the least of these, you do to me”.
In order for many of us to experience the life changing power of Jesus Christ and to become the people that only he can empower us to be, maybe we should approach him as a child. Maybe it’s time to just run into his arms and say lay your hands on me and bless me and empower me to bless others.
My family and I miss Bronner every day and we receive so much comfort watching his short little earthly life have so much impact through the things that are being done in his name. There are far too many of us who have lived much longer that have accomplished much less with the time that has been given us.
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