A little more on the responsibilities we have to our children, and all children we come in contact with. Both of my children have now prayed the sinner's prayer and asked God to save them from their sins. They did this without prompting. In fact, I put them off when they asked if they seemed at all unsure. I have been saved for many years, but I am still learning that I want my faith to be childlike. I want to have hope as children hope. I also believe that this passage shows us tremendous responsibilty we have toward the children in our lives. I had a new niece born this week, and I feel she is one more mission field for me. I want to "receive one such child in My (Jesus's) name." These verses convicted me about how unacceptable it is to God to offend a child, particularly a new babe in Christ.
1At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
2And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
3And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
4Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
6But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
7Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!