6/30/20

Our scripture this week is Matthew 11:25-30.

At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Jesus tells us that God has “hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children” (v. 25). He often called His followers “little children”, indicating their status as learners and their desire to know more. He was thanking God for His marvelous plan to share the Good News with ordinary people, rather than the rich and powerful.

This was a bottom up approach to salvation, a grassroots effort we might say. In line with God’s invitation to accept a relationship with Him, rather than a forced connection, He used ordinary people who could not coerce others into belief, but simply told their story so that those who heard might want to know more. Inviting and sharing is still the way we let others hear of God’s love.

In Matthew 18 Jesus teaches us “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven”. We must put aside our pride and our preconceptions if we are to inherit the kingdom. Jesus calls us to be part of His work here, learning and growing in our faith as children of God.

Loving Lord, we are Your children, in need of Your love and care. Help us to share the joy of our connection with You to all Your children everywhere. Amen.

Published by Pastor Doug

UMC pastor, Retired USAF, husband, father, grandfather

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