someone else’s child



Luke 9:46-48

Luk 9:46 Now an argument started among the disciples as to which of them might be the greatest.
Luk 9:47 But when Jesus recognised their innermost thoughts, he took a child, had him stand by his side,
Luk 9:48 and said to them, “Whoever welcomes this child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me, because the one who is least among you all is the one who is great.”

someone else’s child

earlier in the chapter, Luke had told the story of a man who pleaded with Jesus to deliver his only son from demonic bondage. Others may have felt sympathy for the boy, but this man was moved with urgent compassion over his plight, because the boy was his. Now, Jesus takes another child, and sets him beside himself, and tells his disciples that their greatness will be measured by how they welcome someone else’s child. It is not simply that Jesus wants his disciples to be humble. He wants them to value those whom the world around them deems insignificant.

LORD, give us your eyes, to see the value of every soul. To love everyone — from the least to the greatest.


About Jefferson Vann

Jeff is a former Christian missionary.
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