The Value and Worth of Children and Youth

Luke 18:15-17

One of the errors or bad decisions in the history of the church has been a failure to recognize the value and worth of children and youth.

We have limited the full potential of the Lord’s church by not utilized God’s greatest resource, people in general of every stage of their lives.

God is crystal clear about how he feels about the worth and value of young people throughout the Bible.

Young people are capable of contributing much to the ministries of God.

Psalm 8:2, “Out of the mouth of babes and suckling has thou ordained strength because of thine enemies that thou mightiest still the enemy and the avenger.”

I Peter 2:9, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, holy nation a peculiar people that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

Eccl. 12:1, “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not nor the years draw nigh, when thou shall say I have no pleasure in them.”

Our lesson today opens with some men who God has chosen for ministry who have a lack of understanding the value and worth of children.
We too were taught wrong that children are to wait their turn, but God emphatically declares that their turn is now.

This text implies that you all are not generation next but generation now.
Jesus says allow the little children to come unto me now!

  1. Mothers were concerned about their children- vs. 15.
  2. The disciples failed to understand God’s plan- vs. 15b.
  3.  Jesus invites the children to come to Him- vs. 16-17.
There is something special and unique about young people.

They have worth and values that warrant our attention.

There is wonderful song, Jesus loves the little children of the world; red, yellow, black, and white they are precious in his sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.

We too ought to be concerned about children as the women are in our text today. 

Children need God more than anything else in this world.

  1. Mothers were concerned about their children- vs. 15.
“And they brought unto him also infants, that he should touch them.”
  1. The text indicates that others were brought unto Jesus and most likely they were older people.
  2. The text also indicates that there were some who were concerned about the children.
  • Infant is the Greek word paidion (Pahee-dee-on) young child.
  1. They brought the children so that Jesus would bless them.
  • To touch them was to hold them and pray for them.
  • They were concerned about their salvation.
  • They were concerned about the life they would live.

  1. The disciples failed to understand God’s plan- vs 15b.
“But when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them.”
  1. These are the hand-picked men that Jesus called to follow him and lead others to him.
  • But how can they lead people to Jesus when they are turning away people because of their age.
  1. Why would these men who were being taught and led by Jesus rebuke those who brought children to Jesus to be blessed.
  • They probably thought they were too young.
  • They may have thought Jesus did not have time for children.
  • Whatever the reason, they were wrong.
  1. It is possible and likely that there are Christians who do not understand God’s plan for his church.
    • Children are a big part of His plan.
    • A sign of a dying church is no children.

  1.  Jesus invites the children to come to Him- vs.16-17.
“But Jesus called them unto Him and said suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.”
  1. A leader’s job is to instruct those whom he is leading publicly when the error is public.
  • But Jesus called them and instructed his disciples not to hinder them from coming.
  1.  Jesus gives them reason for the invitation of children.
For of such is the kingdom of God!
  1. The character of children is unlike most adults.
    1. They are innocent.
    2. They are humble.
    3. They are teachable.
    4. They are receptive.
  2. These characteristics are necessary for salvation to be taught the word of God.
  3. The spiritual formation is best laid at childhood.
“Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.”

Children are God’s greatest resource for building a spiritually healthy church where Christ is seen and heard.

God’s plan is to use young people in this work of ministry the sooner the better.