Monday, January 9, 2012

"the least is greater"

S-Scripture O-Observation A-Application P-Prayer

January 9, 2012

Gen. 23, 24 Luke 9
"The least is Greater"

S-Luke 9:48 The He said to them, "Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who set me. For he who is least among you all--he is the greatest.

O- Jesus sent out 12 disciples to preach what they had been taught and what they had received from being with Jesus. They must go and bring nothing with them but their clothes on their back and what was in their hearts. The disciples ran across many different situations for healing, deliverance, rejection, yet truth and love come together and the message is rejected, it leaves no excuse. Jesus said to become as innocent and blameless like a little child and you will be the greatest in the kingdom.

A- The innocence of a child is so pure. They believe and trust in everything we say as adults and as parents, until they start getting hurt. When Jesus said if you want to be great in the kingdom you must be like a little child, he really is saying "don't doubt, don't judge, don't question.....just believe." Children have a wonderful sense of trust in their parents. They come in the world with nothing, and they trust in be fed, bathed, nurtured and loved. God provides all of that for those who trust and love him.

P- Father, gives us hearts like little children. The kind of heart that trusts, and wants to please you, and love you and be close to you. Bring us back to those days of being like a little child in the way we trust, and not get wrapped up in the questions, and denial, and deceitfulness of the world. Amen

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