JESUS CALLS HIS OWN, LITTLE CHILDREN
“And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, ‘Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.’” Matthew 18:2-3 (ESV)
If you continue to read Matthew 18:1-4 you get the whole picture. Not unlike today’s family, Jesus’ disciples were “discussing” who would be the greatest in the kingdom of God (Mark 9:33). Similarly, my youngest son deliberately tells his older brother and sister he is mom’s favorite. He delights in these lively discussions with his siblings. The disciples wanted to know Am I one of His favorites?
Why did Jesus use a little child to show them the truth? His word says “whoever humbles himself like a little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.“ A child is so innocent and trusting, you want to protect them and take care of them. Until they are shown differently, they go to mommy and daddy for all their needs and wants. Isn’t that what “Abba” our Heavenly Father tells us to do? When we have a need, don’t we want to reach out and take His hand so He can protect us and guide us? Our Heavenly Father wants us to know that we are His precious little ones, and when we humbly come to Him as such, we show Him we believe Him and have faith in Him. This in turn releases Him to care for us. As His children, we grow to become more like Him, and as we mature spiritually, the Holy Spirit shows us how to reach our hand out to others. We are to bring them into the light and love of “Abba, our Heavenly Father.” Truly we are in His loving hands and as the song says ”He’s got the whole world in his hands.”
Practical Application: Who are you reaching out to? Are you more concerned about your own greatness and position or are you caring for those who need your helping hand? This week, focus on God’s great love for you. Then focus on His great love for those around you, especially the fatherless. Maybe a divorce or separation has taken Dad out of the picture. Reach out to those in need of a Father’s love and model that love, speak of that love to His children.