Welcoming Such as These…
By Thandi Gova
16 February 2017
Scripture: Mark 10:13-16 (NIV)
13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them.
14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
We easily forget that being Christ-like is not cheap. It tests you and challenges you daily. It is making a conscious decision daily to act justly with love, even if it means standing alone. When you think about it, the cost of standing alone is not as expensive when compared to the cost that Christ paid with His life.
We love the “Christian” title yet we fail to take on the full responsibility that goes with it. We fear jeopardizing our friendships, being rejected by family, losing our status, or being vulnerable in the presence of colleagues, with strangers or even in church.
Yet the very Man whose life we are trying to imitate on earth belittled Himself to the lowest of lows. He served others, loved the unwanted, went to the pubs and the ‘not so decent streets’ because that is where the “people” were. The people who were condemned and written off. He reached out to them, heard them and related to them.
We need to be intentional about leading the life Jesus led in word, act and deed.
- Who are the people ‘such as these’ in our communities?
- What is the cost of being hospitable?
- What is the cost of not being hospitable?