Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- September 8, 2010
“Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.” Matthew 18:4-5
When we welcome a child in the name of Jesus we welcome Jesus. A child’s traits of humility, trust and purity are the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Humility brings down pride, trust defeats distrust and purity flushes out impurities. So, welcomed children are a reminder of Almighty God’s attributes. They show us what’s good.
Loving acceptance is attracted to humility and the humility of a child is refreshing. They are dependent, because they have yet to enter the work force and earn a wage. Like a believer needs their heavenly Father’s wisdom and direction, a child needs their parent’s instruction and guidance. A humble child honors their mom and dad by listening and obeying. Likewise, Christ is honored when we understand and apply His commands.
The Lord says, “Those who honor me I will honor” (2 Samuel 2:30b).
Do your children feel welcomed in your home? Do they really feel accepted, or is it a conditional acceptance based on how they behave? Remember, humility accepts and pride rejects. Yes, a child can bring joy or grief to a parent. They can break hearts or mend hearts. But whether they are estranged or engaged—be there for them—so they can see and feel an example of their heavenly Father’s love. Humility loves unconditionally.
Perhaps there is a child you have never met who needs your love and acceptance. They are orphaned or adrift in the foster care system. God has given you the capacity and compassion to care for an additional little one. Is the Lord leading you to open your emotional, physical, spiritual and financial resources for society’s outcasts?
Where the culture marginalizes the disenfranchised, Christians capitalize by offering wholeness in a healthy home environment. So, sincere followers of Jesus honestly ask, “Are we leveraging our assets for the Lord or just ourselves? Is our church engaged in the culture or deaf to the children’s cries for help?” Helping the helpless welcomes Jesus.
“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Ephesians 5:1-2).
What child needs my loving care? Is God calling me to adopt or become a foster parent?
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