"The Kingdom of God Belongs to Such as These..." -- Dr. Robert Richardson
During the time of my recent illness, I received dozens of cards expressing concern about my health, and offering best wishes and prayers for a speedy recovery.
One day, I sifted through the mail to find an unusually small card. It was mailed from First Baptist Church. It came from the Bible Discoverers class.
The card was cut into the form of a tag, such as one may find on piece of luggage. A hole had been punched in the arrow-end of the tag through which a piece of green ribbon had been threaded and on which contained small trinkets – one a fish, one a cuddly bear, one on which had been drawn a smiley face (with long hair), and one oval piece unmarked.
On one side of the card were these words: “ We are keeping a tag on you. We miss u.” A large green colored heart had been drawn in the middle of the card. And then was printed, “ Bible Discoverers Class – 3rd and 4th grade.”
On the back of the tag were these words, “Nothing is impossible with God. Luke 1:37.” And a big red heart had been drawn above the Scripture verse.
All the cards I received were special. They were thoughtfully written expressing concern, best wishes, and prayers. But this one was unique and special for a number of reasons.
First, it came from those who are mostly eight and nine year olds, who are discovering what the Bible has to say about ways to help one another and to be kind to one another.
Second, it spoke volumes about Vineta Sanders and the other teachers of that class. It showed how they help the very young put into practice some of the basic Biblical truths, such as, being sensitive to the difficulties of others, and engaging in the most basic and thoughtful acts of caring.
From this one experience, and countless acts of thoughtfulness just like it, one can easily understand how this church is generally characterized as a congregation that genuinely cares for one another. Part of this is the result of growing children into caring and loving adults
Notice how Jesus identified his Kingdom with children. “Some people brought their babies to Jesus to have him place his hands on them, but the disciples saw them and scolded them for doing so. But Jesus called the children to him, and said, ‘Let the children come to me! Do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Remember this! Whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.’” (Luke 18:15-17).