A Little Child

A Little Child

24 November 2009


1 About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Which of us is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” 2 Jesus called a small child over to him and put the child among them. 3 Then he said, “I assure you, unless you turn from your sins and become as little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. 4 Therefore, anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. 5 And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me. (Matthew 18:1-5 NLT)

Don’t you just kind of groan inwardly when you read how self-centered and immature Jesus’ followers were? Isn’t it amazing how much like them we can be? In response to their self-interested concerns about rank and importance, Jesus called a child to himself and told his followers they needed to be child-like rather than childish! Jesus said, “if you want to be great, be child-like and be a blessor of children.”

Today is my daughter Stephanie’s birthday. A friend and I were talking about our adult children and I remarked how much I appreciate my kids and how thankful I am for them. We’ve moved from the parent-kids relationship to an inter-generational friendship. Instead of the authority-submission relationship, it’s grown into a counsel-consideration relationship and because the relationship is healthy, respect flows both ways.

If we want our kids to be our friends when they are grown, we’ve got to value them, respect them, and build the roads on which good communication and healthy relationship will travel through the years to come. And we need to remove every hindrance that would keep them from sitting on Jesus’ lap when they are young so they’ll walk in his footsteps when they are grown.

I know this may seem simplistic, but today I’m thinking how much I love my kids, how glad I am that Jesus loves them even more, and how much I enjoy friendship with them now that they are grown. And now there are Grandkids! Woo hoo! But that’s a topic for another time!


Thanks, Father. Thanks for my kids. Thanks for loving my kids and all the other kids and for making the Kingdom of God “Kid-friendly.” Thanks for the friendship Jean and I enjoy with our kids and the privilege of being grandparents to their kids. Amen.

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