The Fruitful Kingdom


The Fruitful Kingdom from Mark 10 and 11, is calling us to faith like little children, beginning with, Lord of heaven grant that we forever would be blessed like those precious children you have granted kingdom rest. The poem ends with a plea: Lord of heaven grant that we forever would be blessed to follow in Your footsteps who art our abiding rest.


The Fruitful Kingdom

by David L. Croft


Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them. Mark 10:13-14



Dear Jesus, You with love's intention
Bid the little children come
And in Your earthly condescension
Made as our example one
Lord of heaven grant that we
Forever would be blessed
Like all those precious children
You have granted kingdom rest

Poor hypocrites and vain professors
Glory only for a day
When ends this life, this morning vapor,
All their comforts fade away
Lord of heaven grant that we
Forever would be blessed
With lasting gospel fruit and
Never ending righteousness

Our Sovereign cursed the fig that withered
And God harkened to His word
To teach us to have faith and mercy
In our prayers desire good
Lord of heaven grant that we
Forever would be blessed
Forgiving those that hate us
Entering Your Sabbath-rest

Lord Your obedience was always
Perfect holy undefiled
And although God's own Son You suffered
Patient, lowly, meek, and mild
Lord of heaven grant that we
Forever would be blessed
To follow in Your footsteps
Who art our abiding rest

March 21, 1996
Based on Mark 10:13-16 and Mark 11:1-33
© 1996 David L. Croft


How do we receive the Kingdom as a little child? That is the lesson that Jesus was trying to teach His disciples in these passages from Mark 10 and Mark 11. In our day of great advancements, I think it is sometimes even more difficult for us to learn this lesson. From an early age, we are prone to say, "I can do it myself!" Yet, in truth, we can do nothing apart from the Lord Jesus Christ has His atoning sacrifice He made for us. No matter what our physical age may be, let us seek to learn to receive the truths of God's Word even as a little child. Let us understand that, apart from Christ, we are nothing, for Christ is our All in All!






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