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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, December 30, 2016
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Today’s scripture reading:
It was customary for a mother to bring her children to a rabbi for a blessing, and that is why these mothers gathered around Jesus. The disciples, however, thought the children were unworthy of the Master’s time—less important than whatever else he was doing. But Jesus welcomed them, because little children have the kind of faith and trust needed to enter God’s Kingdom. It is important that we introduce our children to Jesus and that we ourselves approach him with childlike attitudes of acceptance, faith, and trust. (NLT)
Luke 18:15-17 – One day some parents brought their little children to Jesus so he could touch them and bless them, but the disciples told them not to bother him. Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I assure you, anyone who doesn’t have their kind of faith will never get into the Kingdom of God.”
In Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. –Galatians 3:26 (NRSV)
James R. Hayes (Tennessee) titled his story “AS A LITTLE CHILD;” here is a portion of James’ story:
“The family table was set, and we were all excited about beginning the meal. Instead of blessing the food with our usual prayer, we decided to share something for which we were thankful. . . . When it was five-year-old Lila’s turn she said, ‘I am thankful for God and Jesus.’ After she spoke we all realized that she had reminded us of our greatest blessing. There was nothing more for us to say but ‘Amen.’
“The Bible encourages us to become like children because this is the best way to receive God’s promises. Children are often eager to learn from adults, but we adults can all learn from children how to accept things through faith – for as today’s scripture states, ‘In Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.’”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – How can I receive the kingdom of God like a child?
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for children who show us our greatest blessings and show us how to love you better. Amen.
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