Daily Devotion Friday, December 28th

Friday, December 28, 2012 – Psalm 110; Isaiah 49:13-23; Isaiah 54:1-13 and Matthew 18:1-14

Matthew 18:1-14 – 1At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2He called a child, whom he put among them, 3and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

I’ve always enjoyed the texts where Jesus mentions the little children. In this text Jesus lifts up humbleness as an important character trait for all his children.

Here’s a website with some great pictures of Jesus with a child or children. They are done by Jean Keaton who is of the Mormon faith. I don’t agree with all her beliefs, as you might guess, but I do like her drawings of Jesus with the children. Enjoy.

http://www.jeankeatonart.com/

When I think of being humble like a little child, what comes to mind is how the child trusts the parents to provide for him/her, to take care of all their needs, to protect them, to love them. So it is with us, with our heavenly father; it means to totally trust in God, get out of HIS way and not tell HIM or act towards HIM like HE can’t be our solution. He wants us to come to HIM like children wanting everything from HIM alone.

I looked up the Character Traits program for our local public schools and was surprised that humbleness was not one of the character traits. Wonder why?

To be humble means; not to be proud or arrogant, not to see ourselves as better than others, like a child to admit that our Father and Mother are our superiors, our heavenly Father is above all. To be humble is to know our place. One thing I found is to know we aren’t special. Yet, one of the traits of great parents and our Heavenly Father is to let each child know they are special it their sight and that they are loved, yet so are all the other children.

How would you answer the question; What does Jesus mean when he says to become humble like this child? I’d like to hear your thoughts.

O Christ, thanks for welcoming the little children and using them as examples to us as to what our attitude should be before you. May we learn to trust in thee more and more and know that you promise to watch over us and protect us from the day we are born, till the day we die. Thanks be to you, O Christ for the awesome gift of your heavenly love. Amen.

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