And He said: "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven - Matthew 18:3 (NIV)
A few months ago, we released the music video for "A Heart for the Nations".
I am reminded of the first time my then 6 year old daughter, Mariah saw the video and her reaction of sadness at the plight of the children in the video with torn clothes and "sad faces".
She was immediately struck with great compassion for them that she began to cry.
She began to ask me several questions, the last of which was: "Do any of these kids die?". Sadly, I said "Yes!". She remained sad for a couple of days, bringing up several suggestions of how we could feed and clothe the children. She didn't understand why we couldn't do something and why we couldn't do it NOW!
I am also reminded of 6 year old Japhet, the son of one of our closest family friends.
His mother, Elizabeth shared with me of how sad he was when he saw the video and how much he was moved with compassion. He pointed to every cereal box in their house and told his mother how they could give those away to the kids. How they could give their bread to the kids. He too could not fathom why his parents were not listening to his pleas to do something for those kids and why they were not doing it NOW!
This morning, as we were getting the kids ready for school, my now 7 year old Mariah, after seeing the video again at the request of her 4 year old sister, became visibly upset and went into our kitchen and opened all the kitchen cabinets. she had an idea: "We can give them some of our cereal and pack them in this box; pointing to an empty box of eggo waffles.
Jesus said: "except you become like little children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven"
One of the most endearing qualities of a child is their inherent ability to empathize with the pain of others (especially other kids) but not just that, it almost always spurs them to immediate action. They want to do something and they want to do it NOW!
We too were once like that. Before we "grew up" and became overcome with the cares of our lives. Too much to be able to see the needs of others. Yes, we do the occasional good every now and then but our lives are not consumed with the desire to meet other people's needs.
Jesus also said: "The harvest is plenty, but the laborers are few." How can that be? But there are millions of us who profess to love and follow Jesus, who go to church every week, who have being baptized and speak in tongues! But yet, still not enough of us really care about what Jesus cares about!
I can just take a look at my Facebook timeline on any given day and see "Christians" who display their many outfits, cars and worldly goods for people to admire and comment on but nothing about the needs of children starving, dying in Africa, Haiti, Syria or any place else.
Our churches are filled with Pastors who are more "Hollywood" than they are Christlike.
We have become more like the world and less like Christ. We have become more "earthly useful" and more "heavenly useless"! We have developed a heart of stone, and sadly, most don't even realize it!
Let me assure you of one thing: WE WILL ALL GIVE ACCOUNT FOR WHAT WE DO OR DON'T DO!
The scripture says: "If anyone, then, know the good they ought to do and doesn't do it, it is a sin for them" - James 4:17 (NIV)
Again I pray; "Lord, give us a heart, a heart of compassion. Give us a heart, a heart for the nations".
"But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion for them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad , as sheep having no shepherd - Matthew 9:36 (KJV)
Photo Credit: Mark Jacobs