Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: Psalm 79-80; Romans 11:1-18
13 People were bringing children to Jesus so that he would bless them. But the disciples scolded them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he grew angry and said to them, “Allow the children to come to me. Don’t forbid them, because God’s kingdom belongs to people like these children. 15 I assure you that whoever doesn’t welcome God’s kingdom like a child will never enter it.” 16 Then he hugged the children and blessed them. (Mark 10:13-16, Common English Bible)
Well, tonight is one of those nights that my mind isn’t wrapping around the Journey Through Scripture passages (It is actually Thursday night as I write this). It is most likely because I am pretty tired tonight. But, more on that tomorrow night.
As I know some of you do, I read several people in my devotion time. One of them, actually the only one I ever read written by someone I don’t know personally. The devotional title is “The Daily Huddle,” and it is written by Dr. Joe Pettigrew (You can read Pettigrew’s devotion below this post). Pettigrew is involved with a men’s ministry called “In the Zone.” He is also co-author with Soccer Hall of Fame star, Kyle Rote Jr. of a book, Living Life In The Zone, A Forty Day Study for Men.
On Wednesday I attended a workshop with all of my new colleagues from Center High School that was primarily focused on teaching English language learners, but much of what the presenter had to say gave us some excellent tools for teaching any student.
Those tools came back to my mind this morning when I read Dr. Pettigrew’s devotion. Wednesday our presenter said,
You are important.
What we are studying is important.
You can do this.
I will not give up on you!
I liked what he said yesterday but at the time I didn’t really give any thought about its potential meaning beyond the context of English language learning students. As I have thought on both the speaker from Wednesday’s workshop and Dr. Pettigrew’s devotion I can’t help but think there is something here that, as people of faith, we should be working to convey to the world. To paraphrase, how about this:
You are important.
What we are doing is important.
You can do this.
I will not give up on you.
It is just a slight change, just one word. We aren’t always studying, but we do spend a lot of time doing something. That one-word change, changes the context from something a few might be doing to something we all should be doing.
Dr. Pettigrew, in his devotion, talked about children. To me his words and the words from the workshop, while fitting children as both the writer and the speaker point out, it seems to me they fit all of us, all of God’s children. Yes, “You are important, What we are doing is important. You can do this. I will not [and neither will God] give up on you.”
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
With Joy and Thankfulness,
Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved
From “The Daily Huddle” by Dr. Joe Pettigrew
“He took the children in His arms and placed His hands on their heads and blessed them.”
I recently read of a restaurant owner who instituted a policy that wouldn’t have been well liked by Jesus. Instead of letting young children dine at his restaurant, he announced he was banning little ones under six years old from the upscale restaurant. He indicated that he wouldn’t allow the young customers because he feels they’re bad for business.
Like that restaurant owner, Jesus’ disciples seemed to believe children might be bad for the business of the kingdom of God. But parents brought their children to Jesus so He could touch them. The disciples, thinking that children were socially powerless and unimportant and should not be wasting Jesus’ time, rebuked the parents and tried to keep them away from Jesus (Mark 10:13
). Jesus became indignant with His disciples (Mark 10:14
Jesus rebuked them because they failed to realize that there are no outcasts or unimportant people in the kingdom of God. In fact, Jesus used children (eager and dependent) as the perfect example of how everyone should receive the kingdom. Then Jesus took the children into His arms and laid His hands on them—a visible means of conveying God’s blessing on their future lives (Mark 10:16
Thought of the Day: Eager to get on with the business of life, we sometimes have little time for the tiny people who do not wield political, social or financial power. But, as followers of Jesus, we’re called to see them as gifts from the hand of God, to welcome them in Jesus’ name and to remove obstacles that prevent them from coming to Jesus.
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