Keeping My Children Safe
Nothing has caused me more fear than fear for my children. When they were little, I was afraid someone would kidnap them. I feared a house fire. I feared some dreadful disease. I feared they might fall prey to evil men. You name it, when it comes to my three daughters, I have feared. Keeping children safe is a big deal to a mom!
If you are a mother, you have probably battled that fear at some point in life.
Read Mark 9:33-42
Let the peace, consolation, and justice of Jesus speak to you through His words.
“Whoever welcomes one of these little ones in My name welcomes Me;
and whoever welcomes Me does not welcome Me but the one who sent Me.”
“And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,
it would have been better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck.”
Mark 9:33-42 gives us a glimpse of how God esteems and treasures children:
- my children
- your children
- children forced into evil situations
- children stricken with deadly diseases
- babies who never made it out of the womb
- all children
The English word, “welcome” used in Mark 9:37 in the original Greek language means to receive kindly. Jesus expected us to receive children with kindness.
Jesus warns about keeping children safe from sin.
Notice the first three words in Mark 9:42, “And if anyone.” Jesus shifted His teaching to deal with the opposite of receiving the children kindly to keeping children safe from sin. Jesus warned how He would deal with children being harmed and not treasured.
In Mark 9:43-47 Jesus used the phrase, “thrown into hell” three times. Jesus will deal with those who hurt our children. Jesus will stop the evil of sex trafficking and child prostitution. Jesus will heal their deadly diseases. He will give life to the babies who never had a chance.
Jesus cares about keeping children safe.
Understanding how Jesus esteems and treasures children makes it so much easier to give our children over to His protection and guidance. The evils of this world inflicted on vulnerable children are seen and dealt with by Him. This knowledge should help us to trust in His trustworthiness to protect and avenge our children.
Knowing that Jesus redeems their hurts and heals their brokenness helps us live in peace but only when we realize we are His hands and feet. We are His servants. (“If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.” Mark 9:35)
- His feet to go
- His arms to hug
- His mouth to speak hope and truth
- His heart to reach out in love.
Keeping children safe matters to Jesus and He will deal with those who don’t!
Dear Heavenly Daddy,
Thank You for esteeming and treasuring children. Thank you for keeping children safe. Thank you for seeing, avenging, and redeeming the hurts of the helpless. You are an amazing God and this reminds me of Your goodness and grace that I receive everyday as Your child. Help me to be willing to be the very last and the servant of all.