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Elementary Thoughts: Selfishness – Part 2

principalChildren require a major investment of our time and effort. Their welfare often requires us to make sacrifices. Sacrifices are often painful. It is even more painful when you are use to the media and your friends telling you that you have a right to the instant gratification of your desires and whims. We are told over and over again to look out for “number one.” When offered choices, and faced with the seemingly unrelenting needs of a child, modern adults will look for the easy way out. The Lord’s heritage is often considered much less desirable than a new BMW or even a “night out on the town.”

Mark 10:13 tells us the story of parents who were bringing their little children to Christ. The parents simply wanted their children to be touched by the Master’s hand. They were seeking a blessing for their children. When the disciples saw what the people were doing they became upset. They rebuked the parents for bothering Jesus and wasting His valuable time with children. The disciples had their own personal agendas of what was important and how Jesus should be spending His time. Jesus, however, became indignant with His disciples’ actions. He rebuked them. He said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them…”

Jesus placed importance upon children. He was more than willing to share His time and Himself with them. In Matthew 18:5, Jesus even equates the action of welcoming a little child to receiving Him. In verse ten of that same chapter, we are told in no uncertain terms not to “… look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.” Mark 10:16 demonstrates the attitude of our Lord as we see Him gather children in His arms in order to bless them. In the economy of the Kingdom of God, children have great value.

Many modern couples, however, believe that the “good life” is best represented by a “Double Income, No Kids” philosophy. Few of their early goals in life actually include the possibility of children. Therefore, when the unforeseen and the unplanned occurs, as often happens in life, they look for options which will cause the least interruption to their present agenda. We are a very pragmatic society. This is why so many people see abortion as only another means of birth control. This is why the most dangerous place for a human being to be, in America today, is in a mother’s womb. (Continued Monday)

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