Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs." (Matthew 19:14 NRSV)
A pastor named Ron Delbene tells about the early days of his ministry when he was responsible for the Sunday School program of his church. Each Sunday morning he would stop in each class to read the Bible lesson for the day and talk with the children. It seemed that the children really enjoyed the time he spent with them.
One particular Sunday as he walked past one of the windows of the preschool room, a little boy cried out, "Get ready. Here comes Jesus!"
"At the time, " Ron recalls, "I found the remark amusing." But there was something unsettling about it, as well.
Meeting with a colleague a few days later Ron shared the experience. His friend asked what his routine was with the children each Sunday. "I give them each a hug," he answered. "Usually two of them share my lap while I'm telling the story to the group." The colleague immediately thought of Jesus blessing the little children on his lap. He said, "I wouldn't be surprised if some of these kids look back one day and wonder if they really did meet [Jesus]" in those special moments. This remark surprised Ron, and from that moment on Ron would ask himself, "What am I doing each day to be more like Jesus?"
How about you?
Dear God, may my actions today help me to be more like Jesus. Amen.
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