What God Expects from Children
The Father’s purpose for children is no different from his purpose for adults, for indeed children are in actuality just small, inexperienced adults. In the same way that the Father wants adults to know Him and love Him, He wants the little children to know and love Him. And the sooner in life that a personality comes to know the Father, the greater their potential to become spiritual leaders, brilliant shining lights, and living examples of the Master on earth.
There is no need for separate instruction for children. Children should sit with their parents and learn about the Father, the Christ and the eternal heavenly career. Learning about spiritual things stimulates their minds and their imaginations. It expands their vocabulary and enhances their social skills.
In fact, wise parents learn much from inquisitive and trusting children. When Jesus was on earth, he always made time for the children. He did not let over-anxious adults, even his apostles, deprive the children from contact with the Master, the Son of Man/Son of God. Their humility and trusting nature serve as examples to the adults, as they, too, are sons and daughters of God with the heavenly hope.
“People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.”
– Mark 10:13-16