Introduction - A practical view of life: by Robert Fulghum
"All I Ever Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten"
Some of you have grown up with the adage "Children are to be seen and not heard." Basically saying that adults are the important ones and children are not. Christ takes a different view of and actually honors childlikeness.
Setting: "The disciples came to Capernaum. When Jesus was in the house, He asked them, 'What were you arguing about on the road?' But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest." Mark 9:33-34
Arguing greatness was an ongoing conflict for the disciples. This aruging was recorded as late as discussion around the "Last Supper." (Luke 22:24)
These men arguing about who is the greatest seems to be filled with pride, ego, selfishness, comparison, self and probably testosterone.
Jesus states two perspectives on greatness and value.
1. Be the servant.
If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last and the servant of all." Mark 9:35
Christ, the King of the universe, states His own mission: "The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many." (Matt. 20:28)
It is one thing to say you are a servant; it is another thing to live like a servant when you are treated like one.
Q) Who will you serve this week?
Q) How will you serve them?
2. Be childlike.
"Jesus called a little child and had him stand among them. Jesus said, 'Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." Matt. 18:2-4
The nature of a child / childlikeness:
- Trusting / Innocent
- Humble / not prideful
- Inquisitive / "Why?"
- Kind / Kindhearted
- Helpful / Serving
- Wants to please
- Caring / Friendly
Closing: "'Ymot,' Life of Dr. Thomas Stevenin"
Story of a little boy with dyslexia that was turned away by his third grade teacher who told his parents, "Do not send Tomy back to school; he is severely retarded," because he could not write his name correctly. No matter how hard he tried, it always came out, "Ymot." His fourth grade teacher takes time to actually invest in him and even moves to grade five when he does to continue helping him. Tomy went on to write one of the most sought after business plans in the world and at his recognition ceremony, his mother gave him two notes: one expressed how proud she was of him and the other said, "Do not send Tomy back to school; he is severely retarded."
Q) Is God prompting you to be intentional about making a difference in the life of a young person?
This fall at CBC, we have a number of opportunities where you can influence young people, have fun and be childlike; some opportunities include:
- AWANA: Joyce Bouchard
- Children's Sunday School: Donna Hammond
- Nursery: Gregg Farrell
- Discipleship Group: Holly Anderson
- Service projects: Elias & Holly Anderson
- Teen girl activities: Theresa Sunderland
- Mission Trips: Elias & Holly Anderson