They asked Jesus, “who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a child, whom h put among them, and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children,you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” Matthew 18:1-3
Again -Jesus attitude toward children was radical. He taught that we were all God’s children and each one of us is equal inestimable value in God’s eyes. This was astonishing to the Jews and to many today it would be in many cultures. Children were valued in only the ability to serve the state. Children and Women most grew up in slavery were used to produce a labor force. Many children in their culture were abandoned.
Jesus really changed culture with his radical ideas. The Gospels turned social structure upside down by announcing we are all sons and daughters of a great king. God wants us to embrace our identify and recognize that same identity in every person we encounter. It is a difficult lesson. We sometimes find it hard to love someone less fortunate, because it is messy. The Gospels clearly tell us we have a obligation to the poor. We cannot separate our love of God from loving our neighbor. This is a dual command. Jesus really challenges us to prove our love of neighbor.
Sobering isn’t it. How often do we even see the poor or unfortunate, we seem to be oblivious to them. Wake up and see the world in a radical new way, the way Jesus wants us to see our neighbor.
Point to Ponder: The poor, the needy, the hungry , the lonely, the ignorant, and the afflicted are God’s special friends.
Verse to Live: Micah 6:8
Question to Consider: Do your values align with Jesus values?
Lord – help me to be more child like and open my eyes of my soul that I may see your children all around me. Amen.