An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. But Jesus, knowing the reasoning of their hearts, took a child and put him by his side and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all is the one who is great.”
While reading this passage of Scripture recently, Holy Spirit grabbed onto my spirit, causing some deeper thoughts. This has been read many times, and of course I have agreed with it, and even shared it with others, although almost everyone probably knows it.
This time reading it though, deeper reflections came to mind. Jesus refers to children in this talk, so they are not pushed aside or ignored, and that is great.
How about people of any age who who may be mentally or physically challenged, and bypassed or ignored by much of society? I know Jesus Christ loves them also, and died for them. Some need to receive love, help, and care, same as a child. When we see a person who has a challenged life in this way, on a street Downtown or at the Mall, what is our first thought, and our reaction? Do we take a long walk around, to avoid them? Do we have fear, because that person is different than we are, or our family is? If a person looks troubled, what do we do?
There is another group of people that Jesus Christ loves, and died for also, that get ignored quite often, or spoken of for all the wrong reasons. People in this group quite often have mental challenges also, but we may see these at busy intersections with a sign asking for money. We may see some sitting on main streets with a cap in their hand, hoping for someone to give some money.
I believe sincerely, in my heart and mind, that Jesus Christ would say in these days:
“Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all is the one who is great.”
The above mentioned people may be among the least in our midst, but each one is a creation of our God, loved by God, and Jesus died for each, and rose again so each person may have eternal life. Each one has value to God, and has value to us, if we allow ourselves to get close enough to see.
The starting point is, we can pray for Holy Spirit to prepare our heart, mind and spirit for when we do have a Divine appointment with one who is different than we are.
We can watch for, and be open to a Divine appointment, and follow the lead of Holy Spirit in what to do.
As a Christian, we have a mandate to share Christ with others, through word and deed. Remembering that all people are God’s Creation, and that Jesus died for all, should be enough to inspire us.