Innocence is a trait that seems to be in short supply these days. Because of the influx of explicit and inappropriate material shown and heard in our electronic media, children grow up far too quickly. Even adults are jaded by all the internet content and television shows that have raw content that displays behavior contrary to the message of Christ. In today’s scripture from Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus is confronted by his disciples asking, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” They wanted to know who was number one. It is this world’s take on success and power.
Jesus tells them and us that we must become as powerless and innocent as a child. We tend to forget the humility and powerlessness that Jesus displayed when he went to the cross. He did not whine, cry, complain, or retaliate as he was beaten, insulted, nailed and spat upon. Jesus humbled himself before the world. His accusers got little satisfaction for their grotesque sins and utter contempt against the Father’s Anointed. Jesus shows us the way to face the world’s disobedient nature; with the grace and strength of God sent through his Holy Spirit. Let us follow him as humble children.
Prayer: Holy Father, gracious God, imbue me with the innocence of a child so that I can be your child in this world. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Randy Conley, Pastor of Hope Lutheran Church in Hubbard Lake, MI.