30th January 2016

Let Them Come!

“Whoever will humble himself therefore and become like this little child [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving] is greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 18:4 (AMP)

One day while Jesus was teaching, some of the local people brought their children to be blessed by him. But the disciples in their misguided efforts to protect him from interruption, rebuked them and refused to allow the children to approach Jesus. (Mark 10:13-16). How do you think these people felt? Disappointed, embarrassed, insignificant and left out? I’m sure they did. We don’t know just how many children were involved here but the Greek word ‘Paidion’ that is used, tells us that these little ones were between birth and seven years old.

As soon as Jesus realised just what was happening, he was very upset, indignant to the point of feeling deep pain.  He rebuked his disciples, saying, leave them alone—don’t hinder them—stop getting between them and me; for the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are childlike! Then he took them in his arms and blessed them lovingly, one by one, laying his hands upon them. (Verses 14-16). Notice this is not a group blessing—these children were blessed individually and lovingly, one after the other! So, here we see Jesus taking his time to serve them all and to impart a fervent blessing upon every one.

Notice another incident when Jesus uses a little child to teach his disciples a very important lesson in Mark 9:35-37 (NLT), “He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, ‘Whoever wants to be the first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.’ Then he put a little child among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, ‘Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes my Father who sent me.’”

It seems like a simple, humble, childlike attitude and approach to God and others was looked upon as extremely important by Jesus! In the light of such information I believe that I should re-evaluate my lifestyle and my approach to others! Anybody want to join me?

Prayer
Father, create in me a new mind and a servant’s heart; one that is humble and childlike as I approach you in prayer and as I interact with others throughout each and every day, reflecting the love of your Son.
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill

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cliffneillAbout the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local  Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON LU1 5JE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone:  01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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