Daily Devotions

Welcoming Faithfulness “Jesus took a little child and put the child among them…” Mark 9:36

I want to say, “everyone loves all children.” I want that to be true, but I know it is not. Not everyone and not every society loves the children. Not everyone values every one of the smallest among us.

 

Welcoming Faithfulness “Jesus took a little child and put the child among them…” Mark 9:36

I want to say, “everyone loves all children.” I want that to be true, but I know it is not. Not everyone and not every society loves the children. Not everyone values every one of the smallest among us.

Children in the time of Jesus were surely loved. But they were not seen as completely valuable. That is, not until they grew and developed. Those little ones were often considered “unclean.” They would have been considered a source of “defilement” since they naturally got into things which had religious rules and regulations against “touching” such things. But Jesus welcomed the children. Jesus touched them and blessed them. Jesus lifted them in His arms. The traditional religious rules and boundaries were regularly crossed by Jesus in order to bring God’s love to those who have been expected to wait quietly off to the side, out of the way, unseen and unheard.

Jesus’ welcome makes the “non-person” into a person!

Jesus’ blessing changes everything! As we grow in our discipleship and as the Spirit of Jesus invades our spirits we are sent across the many artificial and social borders and boundaries of our times. We are given the Word of God which liberates. We are given the promises of God which are responsible to extend to all people. Jesus is present in these “little ones.” Jesus is present in the “least of these.”

“Whoever welcomes one such child in My Name welcomes Me, and whoever welcomes Me welcomes not Me but the One who sent Me.” Mark 9:37

Open our eyes, Lord, to see You. Open our hearts, Lord, to welcome You in the ones who we might otherwise overlook. Grow our faithfulness as we cross the borders and boundaries that often hold us back from the connections which hold Your holiness.

Pastor Roy Christell