Everyone has certain things close to their heart – a short list of either people, causes or virtues that shape who they are how they treat others.
Jesus loves the little children, He saw them differently than the culture around him did. Children weren’t treated the way they are now – they came after everything else and we’re often rejected, disposed of and forgotten. Jesus went counter culture on all of them and even gave a stern warning to anyone who would cause a little one to stumble, saying that it’d be better for an adult to drown in the sea than to even be the cause of one child’s stumbling into sin.
I have a list too, Jesus…of course, my wife and my kids are the people on it. Autism and foster care are my causes. And patience, forgiveness and grace are my virtues. In no way am I perfect in these things but these are on my list for a reason – Jesus saved me – God blessed me with a wonderful family – He also blessed me with a little boy with autism – He called us to become a foster family from which I’ve seen my son with autism really learn to grow – of the virtues, people often comment on my patience, I’m actively working on forgiveness and grace is something I intentionally use on a daily basis.
Like I said, that’s not supposed to sound like bragging, rather I want you to know that before Jesus saved me, that list looked different and so did the causes and virtues.
Jesus does amazing things! Through my wife and kids He made me who I am today, through His grace I was allowed to grow and through it all I continue to rely on Him every single day.
You, are a child of God. He loves you and can and will do amazing things in your life. Just lay it all down at the cross.
Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. “And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me. But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea.
Matthew 18:2-6 NLT