Missed the Point

But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” Luke 18:16-17
The disciples had assumed the role that was not their, the role of bodyguards that of personal assistant. They thought is was their duty to control the crowd, maintain order around Jesus; they even thought it was their duty to filter the people who wanted to meet Jesus by determining who can and who cannot meet Christ. This condition extended beyond disciples as we can find in Mark 10:48 people assumed the role that was not their;“Many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.” Among many there could have been disciples as well.
Jesus work was to meet people and present spiritual and physical healing; meeting people was his work. All who wanted or desired to meet Jesus would have their day and Jesus would attend to them, through a physical touch, a spiritual touch, emotionally and even personal touch. There were those who met him through his spiritual ministration and were healed of their sickness and others healed spiritually.Some met Jesus to prove their point but Jesus had time for them and made them to know what was important for their salvation. 

Jesus rebukes the disciples for turning away the children and in that rebuke Jesus makes an important point to them. They had not yet understood their role, they had missed the point. How had they been so busy policing for Christ while missing out their own invitation to the kingdom of God? Their opportunity to be with Christ was first and foremost for their salvation, to get the kingdom of Heaven hence Christ’s own words in Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” 

Could it be that some of us are playing this role in the church and everywhere we are for Christ’s church? Are we there to receive our salvation first or we have assumed another role that has nothing to do with us being saved. God has not asked us to bodyguard him or be his personal assistants, whose work is to filter the good and the bad, the right ones and the wrong ones; the appropriate times and the inappropriate times; determine when or when not Christ would be available to them! After receiving their salvation be instruments of drawing others to Christ not repel them. “Christ is not to be hid away in the heart as a coveted treasure, sacred and sweet, to be enjoyed solely by the possessor. We are to have Christ in us as a well of water, springing up into everlasting life, refreshing all who come in contact with us“.—The Ministry of Healing, 495, 496. – {GW 480.3}

Many got healing on their first  encounter with Jesus, but it took a while for the disciples to receive theirs touch. They may have had their early opportunity but as often does, those with ample opportunity sees it long after others. 

We could be missing the point, most importantly we could be missing out salvation. 

“The Lord Jesus demands our acknowledgment of the rights of every man. Men’s social rights, and their rights as Christians, are to be taken into consideration. All are to be treated with refinement and delicacy, as the sons and daughters of God.” – Help in Daily Living p.31  

By Eliamani A.

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