One day some parents brought their little children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them…Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “…the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.” – Luke 18:15-16 NLT
A friend of mine once told me that this passage is why he believes children are covered by God’s grace even though they have not neither recognized their need for repentance nor a savior. I do not know enough to argue the point either way, but I think Jesus had a more direct meaning in His statement.
Jesus was not talking about all children, He was talking about “these children.” What did these children want? Two things: to touch and be blessed by Jesus. The Kingdom of God is populated by those who constantly wish to be touched and blessed by Jesus.
Touch is a powerful thing. It conveys connection. It conveys care. It conveys comfort. To be touched by Jesus is to be changed by Him. One is never the same after walking away from Jesus’ touch. But one must approach Him to be touched by Him.
To be blessed by Jesus is to believe that anything He has for you is better than what you could have without Him. It is to desire His will above all other things. It is to chase poverty, sorrow, humility. It is to fight for what is right, for freely given forgiveness, for purity, for peace. It is to choose Him even though the world abuses you for that choice. That’s what being blessed looks like (Matthew 5).
Seeking Jesus’ touch and blessing is not what gets one into the Kingdom, but those who are in the Kingdom seek His touch and blessing. They know there is nothing better.