1At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
2He called a little child and had him stand among them. 3And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5“And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. 6But 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.
7“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! 8If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. 9And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.
“Like a Child”
In the Sermon on Sunday, Pastor Bryan Stamper, Ph.D., and Jeremy King, Youth Pastor preached a wonderful sermon about being like a child.
Did you know that the Angels of children sit right up close by God!
1. God wants us to have a sense of WONDER just like the child who saw a beautiful place and said, “Oh, this must be where God lives!”
2. God wants us to be INQUISITIVE as a child, and learn and figure out new things. When we come to God in complete surrender, we are “born again,” or more adequately stated, “born from above.” There was a poet, writer, a free-thinker, who made the greatest little mechanical contraptions and made millions because he could “think outside the box.” He had a very open mind.
3. God wants us to TRUST like a child. Pastor Bryan, Ph.D., told the story of a Jamaican fisherman sitting on the beach at 10:00 am one morning. A man came up to him and said, “Why don’t you get out there and catch some more fish and make some more money so you can do what you want to do with your life. The Jamaican fisherman simply stated, “I’m doing what I want to do with my life.”
4. God wants us to use our IMAGINATION just like a child. We can then be more “spiritually open” and see all there is to life! When we ask small children if they have ever seen Jesus, they say “yes.” And they know how to enjoy Jesus. Just a suggestions: live as if you are having a party and be alive in the Kingdom! Better yet: give a party!
God is always moving and ready to wipe away our tears. He is there just like a parent is there for a child that needs a kiss on her “boo-boo” to make it better. Or just like a parent for their child, God wants to pick us up and hold us until we feel better.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart . . .
God is right there to carry us and hold us!