Jesus Loves Me

Jesus Loves Me

(words by Anna Bartlett Warner, music by William Batchelder Bradbury)

Jesus loves me!  This I know

For the Bible tells me so.

Little ones to Him belong;

They are weak, but He is strong.

                                                    Chorus:

Yes, Jesus loves me.

Yes, Jesus loves me.

Yes, Jesus loves me.

The Bible tells me so.

It was this simple children’s song that Hannah belted out to her newly-formed friends, whom we had just met.  She then looked around at each one of them – six children, ages four to nine – and exclaimed, “You can now all go to heaven!”

With tears in my eyes at this simple act of evangelism, I took her by the hand and said, “Well, that’s not exactly how they can go to heaven, is it?  What do they need to ask Jesus?”

“Oh right, you need to ask Him into your heart!”

It was this one innocent moment in my three-year-old’s life that caused me to take a step back and re-evaluate my own evangelism efforts.  When I asked her at supper what had made her reach out to them in that way, she responded sweetly, “I just don’t want my friends to go to hell.”

In today’s world, we are so quick to find reasons to isolate our children from “the world.”  We don’t want them to talk to strangers; we don’t want to let them make friends outside of their social circle.  We hold them back, afraid of the bad influence that the other children may have on them, forgetting that they, too, can be a missionary for Christ.

Don’t get me wrong – I am very protective of my children, and I do NOT endorse my children walking up to strangers without my husband or me present!  But I wonder if we have fallen into the trap of thinking that it is truly we who protect our children.  When did we take them out of God’s hand and decide that He wasn’t doing a good enough job?

There are many adults in the world right now who are supporting a ban of children in society.  The articles I have read on the subject are shocking – special hours at grocery stores that are guaranteed child-free, no children allowed in restaurants, child-free malls and shopping centers.  When did we start looking at children as a bother or a nuisance instead of a reminder of God’s love?

Jesus has a special love for children.  He saw how children could be a part of His ministry.  So many verses in the Bible speak of the blessing that children are.  Most notably, Jesus Himself took time during His busy earthly ministry to reach out to the youngest members of the community.   “And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them.  But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, ‘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.’  And He took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them” (Mark 10:13-16 ESV).

 

Children were a vital part of Christ’s ministry while He was here on earth; it’s natural for a child to accept simply and easily that Christ died for them and the whole world.  A child doesn’t struggle with uncertainties that Christ loves them; they simply accept it as truth.  It’s our responsibility as parents to foster that love for Him and to encourage them to share His love with others.  Oh, to have that child-like faith again – that eagerness to tell everyone I see about heaven so that they won’t go to hell!  How often do I struggle with doubts and insecurity about my own relationship with Christ, allowing my own trials to overshadow evangelizing others about Jesus?  You may smile at Hannah’s simple attempt to minister to her friends, but they heard about Jesus, didn’t they?  Isn’t that enough?

“Jesus Loves Me” is such a well-known song that has been sung over and over again by children around the world that it may have lost some of its impact on us as adults.  But yes, Jesus loves me!  And I know this to be true because “the Bible tells me so.”

                                               

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About themommyfactor

First of all, I am a child of God. I was blessed to come to know Him as my personal Savior when I was just 5 years old! God has blessed me with a wonderful husband, Jamie, who puts up with all of my crazy ideas; a beautiful daughter, Hannah, who is teaching me how to mother in God's grace; a handsome little boy, Ephraim, who keeps us all laughing; and bossy, sweet-natured Harmony, who is never boring! We are enjoying the ups and downs of being parents and look forward to meeting others who are on the same unpredictable journey of parenthood!
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