Monday, March 1, 2010

Reading for Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Numbers 30-31; Mark 9

Then he put a little child among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, “Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes my Father who sent me.” --Mark 9:36-37

Jesus in Mark 9 has just been transfigured, healed a boy with a deaf/mute spirit, discussed the prophecy of Elijah being fulfilled in John the Baptist, and given his disciples yet another talking to about “great”ness when you work for the Lord. A verse that stuck out to me was verse 36-37. The wording is so loving and comes right after Jesus talks about what being great really means to God and how we have to serve others.
So, while the disciples were trying to process what he was saying about being great (v. 33-35), Jesus took action and gave a specific example of what he had just taught. And so sweetly as he often does, Jesus put a little one right in their line of sight. This one, this child, you can help this one. I know he must have chosen that child for a reason and held him or her with amazing love. His heart really shines in these verses. What could be better or more fun for the Kingdom of God than to serve the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit by helping children? They are so worthy, so full of love, so teachable, excitable and precious. So here they are, the kids you can help. Right in front of you. “Then he put a little child among them…”

So, which of these little ones has the Lord put in front of you? There is an entire household full of them. Help them. Let them know that their lives have value; that God’s blessings and will for their lives can be fulfilled. They matter! They can have support, encouragement, resources, blessings, success and a sense of worth, contentment, fulfillment and destiny. Pray for them, protect them, care for them and invest in their lives and futures. And have a ton of fun along the way! Children are God’s greatest blessing to his people.

Lord, thank you for these precious children. Thank you for their hearts and how they’ve touched ours. Please give us all wisdom, courage, strength and endurance to partner in your will and your work. Please open our hearts and minds, plant your plans in our hearts and minds for your wonderful, fun work. Please protect us all as we go about our day. Please let these seeds grow into giant oak trees in India for you. A place where your people can shelter and learn at your feet. We love you and honor you today and all days, which are yours to give freely as blessings for your children. Thank you that you love us all like that. Amen.

Miss you all,
Aunty Kimberly

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