“Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter at all.”
This short little snippet of Mark’s Gospel is a hugely important story. Here we see Jesus make a declarative statement that every follower of Jesus needs to meditate on from time to time. Since we don’t, there are several things that are often overlooked or done wrong by a lot of Christians/churches.
First, we see that the disciples were annoyed and frustrated at those bringing the children to Jesus. Anyone who has ever tried to do church (especially simple, “organic” church) with families can identify. It is really hard to get serious about worship and a message with kids running around being kids, right? A lot of churches solve this problem by sending the kids away to a “child-friendly” service while the adults get down to “real” church. When I was a kid we did things even better. We made kids sit still and learn to tune the service out quietly so that they could learn to sit still and ignore things as an adult later.