We love kids in our culture. Really, we do. We treasure them. We take great pride in them. We love them.
In Petal, one of the greatest things we have going for our community is our public school system. As Asbury, one of the things that people love most our church and one of the “engines” driving our growth is our children’s ministry.
We love kids. We value kids. Kids are important.
That wasn’t always the case.
Look at this passage today in Matthew 19: 13-15:
Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away.
Not because they didn’t like kids. It was because kids didn’t matter to them. In that culture at that time, kids were of no value other than being basically property. In their mind, Jesus was far too important to spend time with children. I mean, He’s the son of God! He’s busy! He doesn’t have time for kids.
So, it was stunning when He said no, let them come to me.
He knew they did matter. They were important. They were valuable.
Today, who do you need to welcome? Where do you need to see God? Who do you think may not be “important” enough for you time?
You never know. You may find God’s presence there.
Today, what are you missing? Who are you overlooking. In that person, in that place, you may very well find God’s presence.
Today, may we look for in Him in all times and in all people.
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