Week 15 Sunday

Just a Kid

Today’s scripture selection: Mark 9-10

Key verse: Mark 10:15

 “Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

 

     In Jesus’ days lots of people thought children were a blessing.  Many also thought that these little “blessings” were better “seen and not heard.”  I suppose there are some who still think that today.

     But not Jesus: He welcomed them – embraced them – readily blessed them.  And he did even more.  He used them as an example of what we must be like if we would like to enter the kingdom of heaven.

     Imagine that.  Just a kid – no one powerful; no one influential; no one particularly knowledgeable about how the world works – that – is the one we are to somehow emulate.

     It confused a lot of people.  And it still does.

     But I have always loved the fact that Christ selected the least powerful and most vulnerable among us to use as a living illustration of kingdom living at its best.

     Anyone who has worked with children and loved it knows what Jesus is talking about.

  • The innocence
  • The trust
  • The sense of humor
  • The sense of wonder
  • The willingness to love openly
  • The unashamed desire to be loved
  • And a thousand other qualities, not the least is the imagination to dream that heaven and God are real

This is what we can see in the kids around us.  And, when we are at our best, we share some of these same character traits.

And, according to Jesus, such childlike faith is no less than a ticket to paradise.  Imagine that.

 

Prayer: Lord, give me childlike faith, and perfect trust.  AMEN.

    

 

 

 

 

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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