November 28, 2017
Read: Matthew 17:24-18:6
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Scripture- Matthew 18:5-6- “And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me. But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea."
Observations- Make no mistake- Jesus loves little children. Just in case His disciples might miss out on just how important children are to Him Jesus leaves a significant threat here for them to remember for years to come. Do not mess up the lives of little children I love so much, he declares.
Application- We like to think of Jesus surrounded by little children protecting and loving them, but the picture that follows is a little bit more difficult for us to receive. It is designed to make us sit up a little straighter, pay attention a lot more, and determine carefully how we will serve the needs of little children. So.. how are we living out what it means to welcome Jesus by welcoming children?
Prayer- Lord, thank You for Your grace and mercy that I need so much. Keep me away from any millstones to tie around my neck by helping me love and serve little children who You are abundantly clear are so important in Your Kingdom. Guide us to get this right as a church that Jesus can smile at and say, "Well done, good and faithful servants." Amen.