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Little Ones

Little Ones

01 May 2009

Scripture:

5 And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me. 6 But if anyone causes one of these little ones who trusts in me to lose faith, it would be better for that person to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around the neck. (Matthew 18:5-6 NLT)

When I was a kid, children were to be “seen and not heard.” There’s wisdom in not letting children grow without discipline and there are times when children should be quiet. Imagine the shock when Jesus took a little child in his arms, lifted him to his lap, and focused the attention of the whole group on a “little one!”

Jesus said that welcoming a “little one” is welcoming Jesus himself. Jesus said that I must become as humble and simple as a “little one” to be a person of significance in God’s Kingdom. Jesus said it will go badly for a person who causes a “little one” to lose faith.

Who are the “little ones” in my life? My grandchildren, other children, young leaders, new believers, the poor, the homeless, discouraged unemployed, sick people, those who are fearful and anxious… Can you think of other “little ones”?

What might cause a “little one” to lose faith? Rejection, abuse, dishonest example, too busy to care… Can you think of other things that would hinder the faith of a “little one”?

Prayer:

Father, today I pray for myself and for all those who thoughtfully read this note. I ask you to help us notice the “little ones” as we move through the day. Prompt me to give my full attention to the “little ones” I encounter – to make eye contact and to smile, to speak a word of blessing, to listen, to take the time to make a “little one” the center of my full attention. Bless the little ones through us today. Amen.

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