“And [Jesus] said, ‘I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.’” — Matthew 18:3 (NIV)
In 21st-century America, we see children as a blessing, a gift we’re given. We believe children should be treated with love and tenderness, should be protected and be given a voice. It wasn’t always this way. In first-century Judea, children who weren’t old enough to work were seen as a drain on a family’s meager resources. They were powerless and, if they were orphaned or abandoned, they were unprotected. It is this kind of humbling state that Jesus calls us to. We must recognize our own powerlessness and vulnerability before God. Without God’s love and protection, we cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.
Prayer: Holy God, humble us to recognize our powerlessness and vulnerability without You. Give us faith to turn to You for love and protection. Amen.
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