Children and our role

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Reading: Matthew 18:1-8

“And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.  But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea” (vv.5-6).

Is there a child waiting to be welcomed into the world or into your home?  If we do so in Jesus’ name, we are welcoming Jesus himself.  Are we in a position to make a difference in a child’s life?  Then let us do so.  They belong to the kingdom of heaven, thus Jesus desires that they are not led into sin—let us not sow hurt, anger, pain, resentment, hate and bitterness into their little hearts.

“Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin!  Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come!” (v.7)

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3 thoughts on “Children and our role

  1. Pingback: Guardian angels?? | My Bible Reading, Listening and Living

  2. Contextually, Jesus told his apostles these passages when they were murmuring about who is the greatest among them and Jesus gave the criteria of what one must be like in order to enter the kingdom of heaven. While it can be taken literally as you have applied it, children also bears the symbol of anyone who is a new believer, one who has taken up and exercised childlike faith which God commends.

    For example, you have a new believer who is seeking after God, but another one comes who seems to be a seasoned one actually takes this new believer and convinces the new believer that going back to the law will somehow make him/her be pleasing to God. Beware of that person as that person is reintroducing the new believer into works-based religion. Woe to that person indeed who is leading the new believer to think Jesus’ work has not been completed. You have been justified by Jesus’ shed blood and any work a person does is the fruit of the Holy Spirit, not a means to gain God’s approval.

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  3. Jesus was making the point that believers must be as humble as a little child. The keywords are: “little ones who believe in me” Christians must depend on the Lord as children depend on their parents and believe everything that they say to them so likewise, we believe everything that the Lord tells us through His Word.

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