Children of God

Dear Children of God,

“But if anyone puts a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were tied around your neck and you were drowned in the depths of the ocean.“         (Matthew 18:6)

Jesus plays favorites. In God's kingdom, a priority is given to children and those who maintain childlike qualities. Those qualities include:

  1. OBEDIENCE!  “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3) Children are obedient, trusting, dependent. We must find those qualities for our lives if we are to walk closer with Jesus.
  2. HUMILITY !  “ Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:4) We all have our ego needs, but have you noticed children, before the impulses of selfishness build a stronghold? They are eager to please. They reach out to love others, do things for others. They are not scrambling for a seat at the head table. They don’t necessarily want to be the “leader of the band.”
  3. LOVE!  “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” (Matthew 18:5) A child has a sense of openness unless they have been hurt, rejected or abused in some sort of fashion. The risk is that you can love and the object of your love does not respond, does not love you back. Little children are loving, particularly if they are loved. Children are eager to love. They reach out in joy to those who love them.

On Sunday, our sister in Christ Angie Jumper will be here. She is a dynamic bundle of obedience, humility, and love. She is a child of God who loves children. She serves in Booneville, Mississippi as the Director of the Boys and Girls Club there. Her presence among us insures that Jesus has been faithful to going out into the future to prepare a blessing for us this Mother's Day.

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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