Archive for September, 2010

Called To Be Children

Daily God Walk for Wednesday, September 8, 2010

 He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one sent me.” – Mark 9:36-37

 Jesus was no doubt a bit frustrated with his disciples who were arguing among themselves about who would be great in the kingdom. In response Jesus pulled a child to himself and began to teach them about kingdom position. Jesus reprimanded them that if they weren’t as children themselves they had no part in his kingdom.

Now Jesus is taking the concept just a bit further. He had just been teaching about servanthood and now he was expanding that to include serving even the children.

He was teaching them that to receive the children, the very least among them, was equivalent to receiving him. Have you ever seen a person in a position of authority stop and give his undivided attention to a child? When that happens it not only affects the child but it also affects all those who see it.

Do you remember where President Bush was when the attacks of 911 occurred? Yes, he was in a classroom reading a story to elementary aged children. Those children will never forget the day that the president of the United States took time to sit in their class and read to them.

I don’t think Jesus was just talking about the children. I believe he was talking about having a servant attitude toward all those whose station in life may not be the same as ours as well as those to whom life has been cruel and left them impoverished and many times homeless.

Serving others is serving Jesus. Time used in helping those who are weaker and less fortunate is not time spent it is time invested. Yes, it is time invested in eternal stock with dividends that only eternity can reveal. Serving others is serving him and serving him is serving God.

Jesus is teaching us how we can not only gain favor with others but he is teaching us to gain favor with God.

 Principle:  Welcoming the weak and needy is welcoming God.  

 Affirmation:  I welcome and serve even the least for God’s glory.

 Prayer:  Lord, help me not to see a persons place in life but to see their need – and grant me the grace to serve them at their point of need.

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Paul ”Hope Preacher” Smith

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