THE POWER OF POTENTIAL
Jesus has a special place in His heart for children. He used them as a visual aid, to show His disciples what kingdom citizens should be like. “He called a little child and had him stand among them. And He said: ‘I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’” Matthew 18:2-4 (NIV).
What was so special to Him about kids? We all have our own ideas about what Jesus meant. According to Jesus, a child is humble. He has no inflated ideas about himself. He is who he is! How often Jesus had to address this issue with adults who thought they were better than other people.
His disciples were forever squabbling about the pecking order. They all wanted to be prime minister of the kingdom they were expecting Jesus to set up. James and John’s mother even joined in the competition. She wanted her sons to have the top spots in His government.
This had to do with the very core of who we are. In God’s eyes, whether the outside of us is washed or unwashed, adorned or unadorned, pale or coloured, the inside is exactly the same. Jesus insisted that people treat each other with dignity and respect regardless of who they were because we all bear the image of our Creator.
Jesus was also big on potential. Locked within the heart of every child is the potential for greatness in God’s kingdom, but it is not the ones who win the most souls, who go to the ends of the earth, who give up the most or who are the most famous. That position belongs to those who bend down and minister to the least with a heart of compassion.
That places a great responsibility on the shoulders of adults, especially parents. Every child has the potential for great good or great evil. It all depends on what we unlock in them by the way we treat them.
Brush them aside because we are too busy or just not interested and we unlock fear, anxiety, insecurity and feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness. Such children spend their whole lives hungering for affirmation and may end up doing things that get them the wrong kind of attention.
Invest your time in developing the potential in your children and you will be rewarded with secure adults who are able to make a worthwhile contribution to the lives of others less fortunate than themselves.
Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblical, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
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