For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. —Romans 15:4

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Like a Child

Matthew 18:2-4
He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (NIV)

Last Sunday, a young boy stood in front of the congregation and talked about the mission trip to Mexico. He traveled south with a group from church that included his parents and sisters. With joy on his face, he spoke about overcoming fear, instilled by folks who did not want him to go, and grasping the faith and courage he needed to make the trip. Adam’s parents prayed with him and talked with him about the journey. They didn’t force him to go. He chose to go because he knew the people needed Jesus. He played with the children his age, worked beside his parents and talked to people about his love for Jesus. His faith shined through.

On Sunday evening, I witnessed a group of children praising Jesus in response to a week of Vacation Bible School. My granddaughter, along with young folks of all ages, gathered in the aisles of the church. They sang songs, clapped their hands, waved their arms and sang at the top of their voices about Jesus. What a blessing to witness all of the children rejoicing. I knew that God blessed me as a witness of the love and joy that Adam and the VBS kids poured out. Jesus words tell me to be like a child— humble, trusting, and faithful. Praise God for the sweet faith of a child.

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