Treasure the Children

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.

Group of young children crowded together smiling up at the cameraIn 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!

5 Comments |Add a comment

  1. Pedro Juan Meyer November 3, 2010

    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!!

  2. Allie B July 26, 2010

    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.

  3. judy wilson July 23, 2010

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

  4. Juli Jarvis July 17, 2010

    Love this photo!

  5. RoseAnn July 16, 2010

    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.

Add a Comment

Read the ground rules for comments.