Jesus’ disciples asked Him which of them would be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 18:1). Clearly they were still expecting an earthly kingdom and wondering what high positions they might hold.

In response, Jesus took a little child, who had no rights under the Law, and stood him in their midst.

“And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.” — Matthew 18:5, NIV

He cautioned the disciples that they needed to change their thinking, and take on the humility of a child.

By directing our service toward people, toward children in poverty, we honor the Lord.

But for anyone who might place a stumbling block before a child who believes in Him, “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” (Matthew 18:6, NIV).

Though little thought was given to children in those ancient days, Jesus did not overlook them. He treasured them. And we do too!

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  1. Jul 16, 2010
    at 8:18 pm

    Thank you so much for this reminder. Yes, children are a treasure even to those of use who do not have children of their own. I am so happy that Compassion helps in taking care of children through advocates that sponsor children. Thank you and Praise God.

  2. Jul 17, 2010
    at 7:50 am

    Love this photo!

  3. Jul 23, 2010
    at 5:28 pm

    this is a beautiful picture that as a sponsor, we hope that our sponsored child is happy as these children appear to be.

  4. Allie B
    Jul 26, 2010
    at 9:18 pm

    I love the picture and how happy they are. I love to think that my sponsored child is that happy. And that story was a good reminder! thank you.

  5. Pedro Juan Meyer
    Nov 3, 2010
    at 5:20 pm

    Hey, I have for years a heart for orphans. I’m a Dutchman but working in Colombia. I want to be in this country a missionary. Since a couple of months I make plans to build an orphanage, but I want to do this together with an International organization. Who can give me some ideas or hints. God bless!!

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